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Cyclocheilichthys janthochir (BLEEKER, 1854)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:23pm

In the exceptionally diverse Danau Sentarum lake system of the upper Kapuas River basin, West Kalimantan, sympatric species include Scleropages formosus, Barbonymus gonionotus, B. schwanenfeldii, Crossocheilus nigriloba, Cyclocheilichthys apogon, C. repasson, Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus, Labiobarbus ocellatus , Leptobarbus hoevenii, Luciosoma spilopleura plus various representatives of Barbodes, Rasbora and Osteochilus.

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Mystacoleucus obtusirostris (VALENCIENNES, 1842)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:23pm

This species is occasionally marketed as ‘Burmese Rainbow Barb’ in the ornamental trade. others may have been exported in small numbers or as bycatch among shipments of other species.

It was referred to as Mystacoleucus marginatus for decades, but that name is a simultaneous subjective synonym of M. obtusirostris following Kottelat (2013).

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Hampala macrolepidota KUHL & VAN HASSELT, 1823

Hampala Barb

March 13th, 2012 — 1:23pm

This species is also known by the vernacular ‘jungle perch’ or ‘sidebar barb’ and should not be considered an aquarium subject in all but the most extreme circumstances since it can grow to over 2 feet in length, weigh in excess of 5 kg and is a powerful, pelagic predator. It’s also a popular sport fish with a reputation for striking hard.

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Scleropages formosus (MÜLLER & SCHLEGEL, 1840)

Asian Arowana

March 13th, 2012 — 1:22pm

This species is distinguished from its Australian congeners S. jardinii and S. leichardti by possessing a lower number of lateral line scales (21-26 vs 32-36).

It occurs naturally in a number of colour forms of which three were elevated to distinct species status in 2003, but the current majority view is that all represent S. formosus pending a detailed review. Kottelat (2013) mentions that the red form may…

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Helostoma temminkii CUVIER, 1829

Kissing Gourami

March 13th, 2012 — 1:18pm

The pinkish-white form of this species is among the most widely-traded aquarium fishes in the world but does not occur naturally and is in fact a leucistic variant bred specifically for ornamental purposes. The 'short-bodied' or 'balloon' variety also continues to be fashionable but under no circumstances do we recommend the purchase of these intentionally disfigured animals which tend to have much shorter life spans than the naturally-shaped fish. There also exists a less-po…

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Datnioides microlepis BLEEKER, 1854

Indonesian Tiger Perch

March 13th, 2012 — 1:18pm

In aquarium literature this species is also referred to as ‘fine scaled tiger fish’, ‘Indonesian tiger fish’, ‘Sumatran tiger fish’, ‘Indo datnoid’, and ‘Indo dat’. The common name of ‘tiger fish’ is also used in reference to the African alestid genus Hydrocynus, and the more appropriate ‘tiger perch’ was suggested by Roberts and Kottelat (1994).

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