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Lepidocephalichthys spp.
January 18, 2010
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Hi,

What do you think about this Loaches? I would say the genus is Lepidocephalichthys, but the biggest were about 14cm/5,5 Inch. I never heard about a Lepidocephalichthys with such a length. I've only one pair (I bought ten, but eight died in the first time), the male is 8,5cm/3,3 Inch, the female 9,5cm/3,7 Inch.

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Male is in the front

They came in trade as Lepidocephalichthys cf. berdmorei

Any ideas?

Thomas

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January 19, 2010
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hi Thomas, in our show guide size it has guntea at 150mm SL, i have one lone berdmori which measures the same as your female.

mick

January 20, 2010
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I thought berdmorei was supposed to be the biggest species but never heard of one that size...

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January 20, 2010
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Hi Mick and Matt,

yes, first I thought they have Misgurnus in the same tank, but no, it was the same species but really huge. It's a pitty that I don't take some of the biggest.

It could be an undescribed species of course.

Thomas

June 9, 2010
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Thomas do you have any idea where these were exported from?

P.s. - changed the topic title slightly as I'm working on this genus now so will add in questions on other species here. Hope you don't mind.

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June 9, 2010
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Maybe Myanmar, but I'm not sure...

June 14, 2010
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Ok thanks. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Open question: are these ones of Mick's L. hasselti or something else?

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June 19, 2010
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Ok I now know the ones I posted above are an undescribed species from Vietnam which is actually a bummer as it means we have no pics of L. hasselti! /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> Can anyone help?

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June 28, 2010
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Here is picture of L. kranos, a newly described species from Thailand. Please feel free to use this image in your species profile.

http://www.siamensis.org/sites.....efault/fil....jpg?1277657944

June 28, 2010
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Thank you Nonn!

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August 3, 2010
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A new species from the Mekong basin has been described - L. zeppelini:

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Paper available here.

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August 7, 2010
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Is aquarium behaviour of L. thermalis similar to the others? Completely forgot to add it for some reason...

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August 7, 2010
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basically yes. In my experience the different species can differ in their shyness. The shiest species here was the Lepidocephalichthys sp. 'LE1' (KB-Name). Sometimes I couldn't lure them with food. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> But generally speaking they differs not so much (comparing thermalis, guntea, cf. berdmorei and also Kottelatlimia)

August 7, 2010
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Thanks Thomas, what's the largest size you've known L. thermalis to attain?

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August 7, 2010
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My biggest females are not more than 6cm. From other keepers I've read that thermalis can grow up to 8cm. All TL

September 7, 2010
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Erik Åhlander has very kindly provided some habitat images and details for the L. thermalis profile. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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January 15, 2013
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I wonder if this fish (http://www.seriouslyfish.com/s.....ys-sp-le2/) might be L. alkaia? From the diagnosis: 'distinguished from all other Lepidocephalichthys by a midlateral dark stripe on caudal fin, extending from base to terminus of fin, usually spanning rays 7–10'.

Edit: forget that, I'd already checked with Justin Havird some months ago. Embarassed

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January 21, 2013
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A couple of un¡dentified ones. The first fish was collected from Tonlé Sap in Cambodia by Martin Grimm, don't have a locality for the second two pics. Any ideas?

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January 21, 2013
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The first one looks a bit like Jörg Bohlens L. (cf.) irrorata.
http://www.joerg-bohlen.de/Fis.....etailB.jpg

The other reminds me a bit on a colorless L. furcatus, not only because the forked tail fin.

January 22, 2013
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Cheers Thomas, if it was collected from Siam Reap would that not discount L. irrorata though?

Was also thinking L. furcatus for the second fish.

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