Hillstream loaches have become more and more popular in the past years and some of the smaller species are imported on a regular basis now. Currently we received a new species via Hongkong. The very pretty fish attains a length of 4.5 – 5 cm. The males are already mature, they can be recognizes by the “pimples” on the nose. Females stay smaller and lack the pimples.
We have not been able to determine the species without doubts yet. There is some similarity with Pseudogastromyzon maculatus (is often regarded to be a synonym of P. myersi), but to be on the safe side we decided to name the fish provisionally Pseudogastromyzon sp. Red Fin in reference to the beautiful red-orange caudal fin that is presented by both sexes.
For our customers: the fish have code 445833 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer