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Pseudomugil sp. 'red neon'

January 22nd, 2013 — 8:58am

This fish first appeared in the aquarium hobby in 2011 and has been traded under various names including P. sp. cf. paskai, P. sp. ‘red orange neon’, P. sp. ‘neon orange’, P. sp. ‘Irian’ and P. ‘iriani’.

The majority of fish available tend to be male, presumably due to their brighter colour pattern.

It was initially suspected to be a hybrid or sele…

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Pseudomugil tenellus TAYLOR, 1964

Delicate Blue-eye

September 17th, 2012 — 4:42pm

Euryhaline and mostly inhabits coastal floodplains where it’s found in both fresh and brackish habitats, including tidal estuaries and salt marshes. It’s particularly common in swamps, billabongs, and slow-moving streams where aquatic vegetation grows densely, but some populations have colonised upper sections of freshwater streams. Larger individuals may also move into main river channels.

Tappin (2010) gives the following ranges of parameters based on those taken from various localities: temperature 27 – 38 °C, pH 5…

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Pseudomugil cyanodorsalis ALLEN & SARTI, 1983

Neon Blue-eye

September 17th, 2012 — 11:23am

Euryhaline and thus capable of withstanding significant fluctuations in salinity and other water conditions. It’s been recorded in full marine conditions as well as pure freshwater environments, and commonly inhabits coastal mangrove creeks and swamps.

Such changes may occur on a daily or seasonal basis depending on locality, with some habitats influenced by daily tides whereas others become hypersal…

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Iriatherina werneri MEINKEN, 1974

Threadfin Rainbowfish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:22pm

There also exists a sister-group relationship between the Melanotaeniidae and Malagasy family Bedotiidae, which may seem surprising given their respective modern-day distributional patterns. The precise origin and subsequent dispersal of the two families has been the subject of debate, with some palentologists suggesting that Madagascar’s freshwater fishes derived froma trans-oceanic dispersal during the Cenozoic Era, but the most compelling arguments currently indicate a freshwater radiation which occurred during the Mezozoic break-up of Gondwana.

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Bedotia madagascarensis REGAN, 1903

Madagascan Rainbow Fish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm

This species was first imported for the aquarium hobby during the 1950s and was for many years misidentified and traded as Bedotia geayi, a valid, but different-looking congener native to the Mananjary River system, south of the range of B. madagascarensis. In terms of external characters, the two are most easily told apart by differences in colour pattern, particularly that of the unpaired fins, and some morphometric counts.

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Pseudomugil gertrudae WEBER, 1911

Spotted Blue-eye

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

Described from ‘Rivulet in sago forest at Ngaiguli, Terangan, Aru Island, Aru Islands, Maluku, Indonesia’, corresponding to the island now normally referred to as ‘Trangan’ in the Aru Islands group, eastern Indonesia.

The islands are located in the Arafura Sea, with western New Guinea to the north and the Arnhem Land Region of Australia’s Northern Territory to the south, and though they lie within Maluku province of eastern Indonesia, are part of the Australian continent in a geological sense.

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Pseudomugil signifer KNER, 1866

Pacific Blue-eye

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

Generally found within 15-20 km of the sea but habitat-type is extremely variable. It’s been recorded in full marine conditions as well as pure freshwater environments, and commonly inhabits coastal mangrove creeks, swamps, and salt marshes.

Freshwater habitats tend to comprise lowland swamps or forest streams with clear water but some populations inhabit acidic, tannin-stained, black waters. It’s also abundant in the artificial canals typical of residential zones in the Gold Coast, southern Queensland.

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Pseudomugil furcatus NICHOLS, 1955

Forktail Blue-eye

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

This species is also traded as ‘forktail rainbowfish’ or ‘yellow forktail’, and it’s also undergone several changes in scientific name since description. Pseudomugil furcatus is the original designation, but Allen (1980) created the genus Popondetta for it on the basis of morphological characters including number of anal-fin rays (16-20 in P. furcatus, 8-12 in other Pseudomugil spp.), absence of anterior…

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