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Trigonopoma pauciperforatum (WEBER & DE BEAUFORT, 1916)

Glowlight Rasbora

March 13th, 2012 — 1:23pm

This species is also sold as the ‘redline’ rasbora which is something of a misnomer as in reality the colour of the lateral stripe that gives rise to the name can vary from deep orange to golden depending upon the collection locality of the fish as well as diet, condition, and even mood. Some specimens also have a second, darkish stripe beneath the other which seems to vary in length and intensity depending on a similar array of factors. Older fish tend to possess a greater degree of black edging to the scales, especially in the ventral portion of the body.

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Brevibora dorsiocellata (DUNCKER, 1904)

Eyespot Rasbora

March 13th, 2012 — 1:23pm

B. dorsiocellata is sometimes traded as ‘green-eyed’, ’emerald-eyed’ or ‘hi-spot’ rasbora. There appear to exist several geographical forms of the species at least two of which have been seen in the trade. The most common is the rather plain-coloured fish that is produced commercially in large numbers and has gained popularity due to the bright green/blue reflective patch in the lower part of the eye.

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Boraras merah (KOTTELAT, 1991)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:23pm

Appears endemic to southern Borneo. The type specimens were collected from the Jelai Bila river basin at Nataik Sedawak, presumably a settlement of some kind, near the town of Sukamara in the Indonesian province of Kalimantan Tengah (Central Kalimantan). Its range extends westwards from the Jelai Bila watershed whereas that of the congener B. brigittae, with which it may occur sympatrically there (see ‘Notes’), extends east.

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Boraras micros KOTTELAT & VIDTHAYANON, 1993

March 13th, 2012 — 1:23pm

Bung Khong Long is a lake and confirmed locality in Nong Khai province, Thailand. Aquatic plant species in the lake and surrounding floodplain include Hydrilla verticillata, Ceratophyllum dermersum, Chara zeylanica and Blyxa echinosperma. Salvinia cucullata is found floating on the surface and emergent plants comprise Eleocharis dulcis, Nelumbo nucifera, Lepironia articulata and Nymphaea lotus.

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Boraras maculatus (DUNCKER, 1904)

Dwarf Rasbora

March 13th, 2012 — 1:23pm

Within the genus Boraras this species is most similar to B. naevus, though in the latter the red body colouration does not extend into the head. The two also differ in the following characters: anteriormost lateral blotch of comparable size in both sexes in B. maculatus vs. significantly larger in male than female B. naevus; 9-10 + 9 principal caudal-fin rays vs. 9 + 8; 26-29 lateral scales vs. 24-26; i.6.i. pelvic-fin rays vs. i.5.i.

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Boraras brigittae (VOGT, 1978)

Mosquito Rasbora

March 13th, 2012 — 1:22pm

Appears to be endemic to southwestern Borneo though occurence records are scant. Type locality is ‘Bandjarmasin’, a port town in the Indonesian province of Kalimantan Selatan (South Kalimantan), and following Kottelat (1991) it’s range extends westwards as far as the Jelai Bila river basin, near the town of Sukamara, where it’s said to occur sympatrically with the congener B. merah.

Boraras was erected in 1993 in order to separa…

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Rasbora dorsinotata KOTTELAT, 1987

March 13th, 2012 — 1:21pm

Type locality is ‘Mae Nam Huey Bon, kilometer 45 on road from Amphoe ThaWang Pha to Amphoe Chiang Kham, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand’, and this species appears restricted to the Mekong and upper Chao Phraya river basins in northern Thailand and northern Laos.

The specimens pictured here were collected from th…

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Brevibora cheeya LIAO & TAN, 2011

March 13th, 2012 — 1:18pm

This species is very rare in the trade and is normally imported only as bycatch among shipments of other fishes.

It can be told apart from its well-known congener B. dorsiocellata by a combination of characters as follows: lateral line complete (25-30 pored scales vs. 4-9); more scales in the lateral row (29-32 vs. 25-27); larger adult siz…

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Trigonostigma heteromorpha (DUNCKER, 1904)


March 13th, 2012 — 1:18pm

T. heteromorpha was first exported for aquaria in the early 1900s and has gone on to become one of the most familiar, enduring species in the hobby. It has suffered as a result of its popularity to a certain extent with the mass-produced fish we see today lacking much of the colour seen in wild specimens and even exhibiting morphological deformities in some cases.

Several selectively-bred ornamental strains have also…

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