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The True Identity Of The Tiger Barb

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This topic contains 7 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Matt 9 years, 7 months ago.

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  • #299792

    Matt
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    I suppose many of you have stopped reading the enormo-Puntius thread we have going but this query is a little more interesting than most. It seems there is some confusion about which species is represented by the tiger barbs we see on sale in almost every lfs. Pretty much every reference you’ll find will list this as Puntius (or Barbus/Capoeta in older literature) tetrazona.

    Howeverrr some newer references (notably Baensch Vol. 6) are listing it as P. anchisporus, with tetrazona being a similar but different (and presumably much rarer in the hobby) fish. From answers received to a question I posted on Petfrd earlier today it seems the main differences are:

    P. anchisporus: lateral line complete, 14 circumpeduncular scales.

    P. tetrazona: lateral line incomplete (only 8–9 pored scales), 12 circumpeduncular scales.

    So. Is anyone on here keeping tiger barbs at the minute and would you mind having a check of the lateral line please? /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    #310273

    mickthefish
    Participant

    so in other words they’re saying there’s not alot of difference between the two species.
    the last time i had them was before you were born Matt, i was 11 year old and the buggers ate my newborn swordtail fry.
    i know a lad thats closing down his freshwater tank who has a few tigers, so i might snag them of him and take some pics to check the lateral line.

    mick

    #310275

    dunc
    Keymaster

    #310284

    Matt
    Keymaster

    QUOTE (mickthefish @ Sep 24 2008, 10:31 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    so in other words they’re saying there’s not alot of difference between the two species.

    Basically Mick, aye. /blush.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:blush:” border=”0″ alt=”blush.gif” />

    #310289

    mickthefish
    Participant

    oke doke, i’m picking a couple of tigers up later on.
    i’ll post pics up of the relevant areas.
    i don’t know about you lot but i’ve only ever seen wild caught tigers a couple of times in my fishkeeping time, how about you’s.?

    mick

    #310290

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    For those that dont have Baensch Vol. 6 here is a scan of the info (sorry its in German)

    #310291

    mickthefish
    Participant

    nice one Mark, the most visual difference i can see is the black in the ventrals bud, the lack of colour in the tetrazona could be due to the preservation fluid used and also the amount of scales in the peduncle of the anchisporus.

    mick

    #310294

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Mark that’s ace cheers.

    Ps – Mick I’ve never seen wild caughts on sale I don’t think, not even at BAS.

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