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This topic contains 24 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  Matt 9 years, 11 months ago.

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    Matt
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    Well I’ve had a fantastic day. I’ve just got back from Zaragoza (around 300km from Barcelona), where I went to meet Manuel Zapater Galve, one of the founders of the Iberian Cyprinodontid conservation project. There are three killifish species endemic to Spain, Aphanius iberus, Aphanius baeticus and Valencia hispanica. All three are at great risk from extinction with many populations being lost already due to the introduction of Gambusia holbrooki (I discussed this with Manuel and it may turn out to be G. affinis, will let you know when I go to net some) to control mosquito populations in the last century. Valencia hispanica in particular is apparently now found in only one or two locations and the situation for all three is worsening each year.

    Manuel and his four colleagues are breeding these species/reintroducing them to the wild where possible, and have a plan to make new (hence Gambusia-free) pools in some areas. These should give captive-bred populations of the fish a good chance of surviving in nature. They also have numerous other species of Aphanius from north Africa, Turkey, Jordan and Iran, most of which are also under threat from introduced species/habitat degradation.

    I visited their breeding facilities and saw how most of these fish are maintained outdoors all-year round (there’s a species from Jordan that needs to be overwintered indoors). Manuel also introduced me to another member of the group, Juan Pablo Campofort who invited us to his house to see his fish room (also full of Aphanius plus some other fantastic species). I also went to Manuel’s house to see the fish he keeps at home. He has some really interesting stuff including a new, undescribed species of Steatocranus, Elassoma evergladei and a Haplochromine that is endemic to Tunisia!

    At the end of August he and Juan Pablo are coming to visit me here and show me the habitats where the Aphanius are still hanging on in and around Catalunya. Next week I will travel to Andalucia in the south of Spain (visiting my lovely lady) and have been given the locality and co-ordinates where Aphanius baeticus can still be found in the wild so I’ll be trying to find it and take pictures. After those two things have happened I’ll produce an article of some kind. /biggrin.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:D” border=”0″ alt=”biggrin.gif” />

    This is Aphanius mento, the Turkish species I’ll be keeping. Female on left, male on right. Juan Pablo had some of these from another locality that showed differences in body shape and patterning:

    Aphanius vladykovi from Iran. Two males:

    Aphanius anatoliae anatoliae, another Turkish species. These fish are from the population at Isikli. Male on right, female on left:

    Finally I must say thank you to Pablo and especially Manuel for being such great hosts and getting the beers in! Two more passionate aquarists you could not hope to meet. Also well done to Manuel for losing his car in the multi-storey.

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    #307871

    Malti
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    you lucky git /sad.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:(” border=”0″ alt=”sad.gif” />

    #307872

    mzapater
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    Hi Matt and everybody else!

    It was a pleasure wondering around the car park with you as well! Hope you caught the train back to Barcelona http://www.seiconservation.blogspot.com. I try to keep this one updated in Spanish and English. You can learn a bit there about what species why keep and why those.

    Glad you liked the Aphanius Matt, they are mostly forgotten in the hobby, which is a shame, because they are wonderful undemanding species. As I told you all but one stay outdoors all year round here in Zaragoza (halfway between Madrid and Barcelona for those who never heard about it).

    Just a little point, Aphanius sp 1 on your pic is A. vladykovi, I´ll let you take a guess at the sp 2

    #307873

    keith565
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    fascinating guys. i’ve read a bit about the problems with many species of killi in Spain, turkey and so on being at high risk of extinction, so well done to you all for the efforts you are making to prevent such a tragedy becoming these fish.
    i know a few peeps in the UK who keep aphanius and they are indeed a stunning killifish.
    lets hope you guys can get good colonies of these fish going in the wild.
    Matt, you lucky so and so.lol

    #307878

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Manuel, great to see you here. other website.

    #307879

    mzapater
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    Those orange fins… can´t be mistaken, it´s A. villwocki, from Turkey like A. mento (A. vladykovi comes from Iran).

    If it´s ok to give the url of our websites then:

    Sociedad de Estudios Ictiológicos This ir our Association and what we do an publish. If you can read some spanish, I advise you to go to the “Publicaciones” and “Grupos de Trabajo” sections. Of course, you can take a look at the pics as well.
    Ciprinodóntidos ibericos About the Aphanius and Valencia species from the Iberian Peninsula.

    Best regards,

    Manuel…

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    Matt
    Keymaster

    /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    #307881

    dunc
    Keymaster

    That’s awesome.. top work Manuel, really glad to have you here. That male A. mento is stunning.

    How big are your breeding facilities, Manuel? How many tanks do you have in there? And the last of my twenty questions (/smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    P.S. Got any pics of the undescribed Steatocranus? /biggrin.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:D” border=”0″ alt=”biggrin.gif” />

    #307884

    Daspricey
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    WOW!! Firstly well done Manuel & colleagues, top work guys!

    Secondly those fish are absolutly stunning. The Aphanius vladykovi and Aphanius villwocki….. and of coarse Aphanius mento are breathtaking!

    Brilliant write-up Matt, can’t wait to see a article and more pictures!

    David

    #307894

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Oh alright… here. Not good news, sadly.

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    #307902

    Reva
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    Wow!! what a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing Matt!! Welcome to the forum Manuel, and thank you for the great work you are doing to restore these beautiful fish! I look forward greatly to reading about the progress. Matt I can tell you are all fired up with a new project! Glad you are having such fun

    #307906

    Malti
    Participant

    Matt, I know the author personally and I know he’s dedicated…and as he said, its better to keep drugs than the Aphanius fasciatus

    #307915

    Eyrie
    Participant

    Fascinating stuff, and good luck with the reintroduction project, Manuel.

    #307921

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Here’s an interesting video about A. anatoliae sureyanus from Turkey, just to give an idea of how these fish behave in life. They’re really beautiful…:

    #307926

    Malti
    Participant

    Pity I don’t speak Urdu…are those light striped males juveniles? a sub species? or the strong striped males are the alpha males?

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