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Yasuhikotakia caudipunctata (TAKI & DOI, 1995)

Speckle-tailed Loach

March 13th, 2012 — 1:26pm

This specie is relatively rare in the aquarium trade and much sought after by enthusiasts as a result. It looks relatively similar to Y. splendida but can be told apart from it, and indeed all other members of the genus, by the following combination of characters: possession of 8 branched dorsal-fin rays; 32-33 vertebrae; one or two small, brownish, vertically-orientated markings on the dorsal part of the body posterior to the dorsal fi…

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Yasuhikotakia splendida (ROBERTS, 1995)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:26pm

This species first appeared in the trade during 2009 with prices initially variable but in the main prohibitively expensive, and it remains expensive when available. We've seen it on sale under various names including 'jaguar loach', 'splendid loach' and 'yellow-tail polka dot loach'.

It appears superficially similar to Y. caudipunctata, Y. longidorsalis and Y. morleti but can be distinguished from all by a combination of characters of which the most immedia…

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Yasuhikotakia morleti (TIRANT, 1855)

Skunk Loach

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm

This species is common in the hobby and also sold as 'skunk botia' or 'Hora's loach', the latter in reference to Botia horae Smith, 1931, currently considered a synonym of Y. morleti. It's similar in appearance to the rarely-seen Y. longidorsalis but can be told apart by the fact it has a dark stripe running over the dorsal surface (this giving rise to the vernacular name 'skunk loach') which is lacking in its relative.

The two can be further separated…

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Yasuhikotakia eos (TAKI, 1972)

Sun Loach

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm

Y. eos isn't as commonly-traded as it once was but is still available occasionally. It's difficult to confuse with any other member of the genus due to its colour pattern consisting of yellow to reddish brown base body colour (can appear greyish in some specimens, especially post-import or when introduced to a new aquarium) with a metallic green/blue golden sheen and large darkish marking on either side of the caudal peduncle. The fins can be yellowish to reddish, and the dorsal and c…

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Yasuhikotakia lecontei (FOWLER, 1937)

Silver Loach

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm

This species is sometimes confused with Y. modesta though in reality the two are readily distinguishable from one another by body shape since Y. lecontei is a slimmer, more elongate fish.

Further, in Y. lecontei the overall body colouration is usually brownish with a gold/green sheen and the dark markings…

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Yasuhikotakia modesta (BLEEKER, 1864)

Redtail Loach

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm

This species is one of the more commonly-encountered botiids in the hobby and is also sold as ‘blue’, ‘orange-finned’, or ‘red-finned’ botia/loach. It’s sometimes subject to artificial colouring with bright blue or purple dyes and we strongly recommend you do not purchase such fish (they’re illegal in several countries).

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Ambastaia nigrolineata (KOTTELAT & CHU, 1987)

Black-Lined Loach

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm

This specie is relatively rare in the aquarium trade and much sought after by enthusiasts as a result.

It looks relatively similar to A. sidthimunki but according to the original description by Kottelat and Chu (1987) can be told apart by colour patterning which uniquely consists of a solid da…

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Ambastaia sidthimunki (KLAUSEWITZ, 1959)

Dwarf Chain Loach

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm

This species was lost to the hobby for several years prior to the turn of the century and when commercially-produced stock first came onto the market prices were very high. It’s now readily available, though, and while never particularly cheap is considerably less expensive.

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