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Carinotetraodon salivator LIM & KOTTELAT, 1995

December 1st, 2015 — 4:58pm

It is included in a group often referred to as ‘red-eyed puffers’, which currently contains four recognised species distributed in Indochina and the Greater Sunda Islands. It can be distinguished from C. borneensis, C. irrubesco, and C. lorteti, the remaining members of this group, by the following combination of characters: 11 dorsal-fin rays; 16 pectoral-fin rays; 11-13 anal-fin rays; 11 caudal-fin rays; eyes not bulging above the head; in males dorsal-fin hyaline, black spot on dorsal-fin base present, pectoral-fin base hyaline, anal-fin hyaline with no black spot at base…

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Colomesus tocantinensis AMARAL, BRITO, SILVA & CARVALHO, 2013

August 13th, 2015 — 8:18pm

It is distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: anal-fin with 6-7 basal pterygiophores and 9 rays (vs. 10-11 rays in C. asellus and C. psittacus; dorsal-fin with 10 bas…

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Colomesus psittacus (BLOCH & SCHNEIDER, 1801)

Banded Puffer

August 13th, 2015 — 4:38pm

Although it does penetrate the lower basins of rivers, particularly the Amazon where it has been collected from the rio Xingu several hundred kilometres from its mouth, this species is predominantly an inhabitant of mangrove swamps, estuaries, and other such saline habitats.

It is particularly common in tidal channels, shallow inshore lagoons, and the lower reaches of rivers.

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Sundasalanx microps ROBERTS, 1981

June 24th, 2014 — 5:11pm

The genus Sundasalanx is distributed throughout much of Southeast Asia and currently comprises seven species which have primarily been distinguished on the basis of oral and dental morphology, gill rakers and eye size. S. microps possesses 0-3 small conical teeth on ceratobranchial 5, 0-2 minute gill rakers on the first arch and a small eye measuring less…

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Chitala ornata (GRAY, 1831)

Clown Featherback

May 17th, 2014 — 4:37pm

This species is also referred to as ‘clown knifefish’ in the aquarium trade. It arguably has no place in the ornamental hobby given its adult size and specialised requirements but remains inexplicably popular and an albino form has even been line-bred for the purpose.

It can be distinguished from all congeners by presence of one or more rows of large ocellated spots above the base of the anal-fin, but…

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Chitala lopis (BLEEKER, 1851)

Giant Featherback

May 17th, 2014 — 2:51pm

This species is not collected for the aquarium trade at time of writing.

In contrast to other members of the genus older juvenile and adult individuals lack dark markings on the body while the jaw is more pronounced.

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Scleropages inscriptus ROBERTS, 2012

May 17th, 2014 — 1:06pm

This species’ distribution is unclear although individuals from the aquarium trade are said to have been collected in the Tenasserim river basin in Tananthayi Region, southern Myanmar.

Type locality is ‘supposedly from Tananthayi district, Tananthayi River basin, obtained dead from aquarium fish vendor at Meik’.

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Oryzias asinua PARENTI, HADIATY, LUMBANTOBING & HERDER, 2013

Asinua Ricefish

October 14th, 2013 — 2:02pm

When the type series was collected the Sungai Asinua contained clear, slow to fast-moving water with a temperature of 26 °C.

The substrate was composed of mud, sand an…

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Xenentodon canciloides (BLEEKER, 1854)

May 30th, 2013 — 11:00am

This species is a near-exclusive inhabitant of the upper water column and appreciates surface cover in the form of floating or overhanging vegetation.

Other décor is relatively unimportant but can consist of a sandy substrate with leaf litter plus some large driftwood branches and twisted roots.

Plants which can grow rooted in sand can al…

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Oryzias eversi HERDER, HADIATY & NOLTE, 2012

March 4th, 2013 — 3:54pm

The type locality is a karst pool around 30-40 m in length, 10m in width and up to 4 m deep.

It contains still, transparent water, has a single inflow and outflow, is surrounded by rainforest and in September 2010 the water temperature was 21.5°C/70.7°F.

The habitat is used by locals as a bathing pool and sympatric species included a nat…

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