Barbucca diabolica

27. April 2020

Currently we managed once more to import one of the cutest loaches from Borneo. Barbucca diabolica is despite its terrifying name a totally peaceful animal. Sadly almost nothing is known about the species. In nature, it lives in small forest streams in the Kapuas system on Borneo. Our animals have already almost the size of the largest specimen mentioned in the original description, which had about 2,5 cm.

It is very interesting to observe the behaviour of the fish. They are scooting along the surface of a root, rock or whatever without ever leaving it with the belly. This is why the are called „scooter loaches“. They feed on any fine food. It is very important to know that this loach will never pick food from the water column. They only feed on food which  they come across during their restless „scoots“.

Lexicon: Barbucca: means „with a bearded cheek“; this refers to the tuberculate cheek patches of the males. diabolica: diabolical; refers to red shining eyes of the species.

For our customers: the fish have code 368702 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photo: Frank Schäfer