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The Obscure Cyprinids Of North India
February 15, 2015
10:11 am
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Some interesting cyprinids from north India. For starters, what I call Schizothorax kumaonensis. I was able to keep these alive in my tanks but they never really put on weight so to speak. These fish were found only in glacier fed rivers and made for excellent dinner!!!!

 

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Juveniles.

 

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Habitat in the Kumaoun Himalayas.

 

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Dinner!!!

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Customer: 'Not much of a cheese shop really, is it?' Shopkeeper: 'Finest in the district, sir.' Customer: 'And what leads you to that conclusion?' Shopkeeper: 'Well, it's so clean.' Customer: 'It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.'
February 17, 2015
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Mmmm, how do you prepare them? Lovely-looking habitat!

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February 18, 2015
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I had them both deep fried and made as curry and it was excellent both ways. Schizothorax spp are actually prized food fish that sell for 500-700 INR per kilo depending on the season, I got off easy collecting and eating them whenever I felt like it. Laugh

 

This next fish is a Salmostoma that I had to (unfortunately) preserve due to priority given to catfish during transportation from the field to home. I only collected these 2 specimens and repeated trips to the same spot haven't yielded any others. Among the most stunning cyprinids I managed to collect up north.

 

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The orange was more vivid in life and was present only in the lower half of the fins. I will be visiting this locality again in March and hope to bring back a few live specimens of this cracking looking fish.

Customer: 'Not much of a cheese shop really, is it?' Shopkeeper: 'Finest in the district, sir.' Customer: 'And what leads you to that conclusion?' Shopkeeper: 'Well, it's so clean.' Customer: 'It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.'
February 26, 2015
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These are gorgeous! Another unidentified species?

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February 26, 2015
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Yup, I have no clue what species they are. I will try to take some live pictures if/when I collect them again.

 

The next one keys in perfectly with Crossocheilus latius and were much larger than I ever imagined.

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This was among the largest specimens collected with the largest being a few inches longer.

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These were from another river in the same drainage.

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Customer: 'Not much of a cheese shop really, is it?' Shopkeeper: 'Finest in the district, sir.' Customer: 'And what leads you to that conclusion?' Shopkeeper: 'Well, it's so clean.' Customer: 'It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.'
February 26, 2015
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good stuff. please go on

cheers Charles

March 5, 2015
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The two C. latius populations seem quite different? Are the red patches at the base of the pectoral fins in the first fish always present?

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March 6, 2015
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I actually meant the first 'type' keys in perfectly with Crossocheilus latius latius while I am not sure about the second type.The red at the base of the pectoral fin was an injury the specimen sustained when I collected it, these specimens too sported a lovely olive green once settled in. I gave one specimen to Beta who took a cracking picture of it, I will try to get his permission to post it here.

 

I will now post pictures of a sadly underestimated genus, Garra.  I am not sure if there are experts on Indian Garra but I thought   pictures might be interesting anyways. From Himachal Pradesh,

 

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Customer: 'Not much of a cheese shop really, is it?' Shopkeeper: 'Finest in the district, sir.' Customer: 'And what leads you to that conclusion?' Shopkeeper: 'Well, it's so clean.' Customer: 'It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.'
March 13, 2015
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These are the Chagunius I was talking about earlier, the purple on the snout has actually faded quite a bit and was way more vivid in life. I will get pictures of live specimens when I am there again in May.

 

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Customer: 'Not much of a cheese shop really, is it?' Shopkeeper: 'Finest in the district, sir.' Customer: 'And what leads you to that conclusion?' Shopkeeper: 'Well, it's so clean.' Customer: 'It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.'
March 17, 2015
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Shovelnose said
I actually meant the first 'type' keys in perfectly with Crossocheilus latius latius while I am not sure about the second type.

Got it now, apologies. :) Thanks for the new pics too - are both of these beautiful species unidentified?

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March 25, 2015
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The Garra is unidentified while the Chagunius keys in perfectly to Chagunius chagunio.

 

Next comes Puntius guganio. I think it has entered the trade in the past???

 

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Some of the specimens were much larger than I expected actually. These were collected in large numbers during monsoon and in ones or twos otherwise. 

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April 23, 2015
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Veeeery nice - what is the badid you collected with it?

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May 30, 2015
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The badid is Badis badis.

 

Now for a commonly encountered barb, freshly collected P.conchonius (in life). I don't see why we need any colours other than silver on barbs. Wink

 

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Customer: 'Not much of a cheese shop really, is it?' Shopkeeper: 'Finest in the district, sir.' Customer: 'And what leads you to that conclusion?' Shopkeeper: 'Well, it's so clean.' Customer: 'It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.'
June 16, 2015
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Superb-looking - a certain Mr. Rushworth should be interested in these.Smile

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Many small barbs were collected;ticto,cochonius/expletiforis and sophore were the most common of the lot.

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A couple of terrible cellphone pictures of a conchonius/expletiforis that didn't survive the (north Indian) summer of 2014.

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An interesting looking Pethia from the Kosi river collected a few months back.

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Customer: 'Not much of a cheese shop really, is it?' Shopkeeper: 'Finest in the district, sir.' Customer: 'And what leads you to that conclusion?' Shopkeeper: 'Well, it's so clean.' Customer: 'It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.'
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Take it that P. expletiforis is similar to P. conchonius then? Never managed to get hold of a copy of the paper.

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Yup, the primary difference is in the lateral line, complete in P.expletiforis and incomplete in P.conchonius. PM your mail to me, I can forward the paper to you if you want it.

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