June 12, 2012
I am currently have 2 Mastacembelus plagiostomus which is a correct accepted name of the species, formerly known as Caeomastacembelus plagiostomus (plagiostoma) and Afromastacembelus plagiostoma.
This fish is rarely kept it aquaria so there is not many posts on the net on this subject. Commonly named as tanganyika banded eel plagiostoma is being confused with number of other spiny eel species from lake Tanganyika. The variations of name also does not help adding to the confusion. Here on this site the fish is also listed by its invalid name "Caeomastacembelus", wich probably explains why there is no respond to this publication.
However all the trouble defining this fish is worth it because of its extraordinarly charming disposition and its strikingly beautiful colors is unmistakable.
There is a question, however, I hope someone here has knowledge about. How the coloration change with the age? Does it intensify with maturity or not? There are some variations in the import which look more grayish rather then the usual salmon color.
I wonder is that an unfortunate strain which carries this color or the fish is just too young and the color will develop?
All suggestions welcome!
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