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Blog: New killifish from Greece

May 6th, 2014 — 9:36am

The killifish genus Valencia is the only fish genus found only Europe and the Mediterranean basin, and the recent description of a new member brings the total number of species to three. This trio forms the family Valenciidae and all members are critically-endangered with restricted natural ranges within which they have been subjected to extensive […]

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New killifish from Cameroon

June 24th, 2013 — 10:39am

A new species of the genus Aphyosemion has been described in the journal ‘Zootaxa’.

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Article: European killifishes part 1: the genus Aphanius in Spain

December 6th, 2012 — 12:23pm

Matt Ford introduces a little-known group… The traditional image of killifishes is that of ostentatious, highly-coloured African or American species from genera such as Aphyosemion, Nothobranchius or Simpsonichthys, but it might be surprising to learn that there also exist a number of rarely-discussed, very attractive species native to Eurasia of which several are found in southern Europe. In […]

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Article: 1200 endangered killifish released in Barcelona, Spain

November 22nd, 2012 — 9:12am

On 28th October the Spanish conservation and study group ‘Sociedad de Estudios Ictiológicos’ (SEI) released 1200 adult individuals of the Spanish toothcarp, Aphanius iberus, into a coastal lagoon within the protected ‘Espais Naturals del Delta del Llobregat‘ nature reserve, located close to Barcelona.

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Two new killifishes described

July 20th, 2012 — 11:21am

Two new killifish species are described in the latest volume of the journal ‘Bonn zoological Bulletin’ this week.

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Adinia xenica (JORDAN & GILBERT, 1882)

Diamond Killifish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:26pm
Barbara Nicca

This species is not a common aquarium species but is occasionally available from specialist retailers or breeders. It was initially named Adinia multifasciata by Girard (1859) before later being redescribed as Fundulus xenicus (mispelled 'Fundnlus') by Jordan and Gilbert (1882).

Body stout and trapezoidal in adults, body depth usually 2 to 3 times in standard length; scales large, fewer than 30 scales along midlateral scale row…

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Epiplatys annulatus BOULENGER, 1915

Clown Killifish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm
Hristo Hristov

Perhaps looks best in a heavily-planted set-up or natural-style arrangement comprising a sandy substrate plus some driftwood roots and branches.

The addition of dried leaf litter would further emphasise the natural feel and as well as offering additional cover for the fish brings with it the growth of microbe colonies as decomposition occurs.

These can provide a valuable secondary food source for fry and the humic su…

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Fundulopanchax gardneri (BOULENGER, 1911)

Steel-blue Killifish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm
Hristo Hristov

This species is also known as ‘Gardner’s Killi’ and ‘blue lyretail’ and the commonly-available aquarium forms are perhaps among the best choices for those new to keeping killifishes being relatively hardy, colourful and easy to breed.

A number of ornamental strains have also been line-bred by aquarists including ‘gold’ and ‘albino’.

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Aphyosemion striatum (BOULENGER, 1911)

Red-striped Killifish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm
Sumer Tiwari

Appears restricted to the area between the lower Mitmele River, Equatorial Guinea and the lower Ogooué basin in Gabon, including coastal drainages such as the Mbei, Komo and Gabon watersheds in between.

Type locality is ‘Abanga River, between first and second rapids, Ogowe River system, Gabon’, corresponding to the Abanga River bas…

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Aphyosemion gabunense RADDA, 1975

Gabon Killifish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm
Hristo Hristov

A. gabunense is a good beginner’s killifish as it is not an annual species, being found in permanent bodies of water in nature. It exists in several geographical colour forms which are sometimes referred to the subspecies Aphyosemion gabunense gabunense, A. g. boehmi and A. g. marginatum. The latter two are slightly smaller with a maximum standard lenth around 45 mm, and all three can be told apart by differences in colour pattern.

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