Pseudohomaloptera sp – A new dwarfish hillstream loach from Vietnam

19. January 2016

For the first time ever we obtained this hillstream loach from Vietnam. The determination is pretty tricky. All features visible in live fish (position of the dorsal fin, coloration, position of the anus) lead to the genus Pseudohomaloptera, which currently includes six described species: Pseudohomaloptera tatereganii (Popta 1905), P. sexmaculata (Fowler 1934), P. leonardi (Hora 1941), P. yunnanensis (Chen 1978), P. vulgaris (Kottelat & Chu 1988), and P. batek (Tan 2009). Three of them, namely P. sexmaculata, P. vulgaris, and P. yunnanensis, may possibly occur in Vietnam, although no one is listed for the country so far. We are not able to clearify this currently.

From an aquarists point of view it is most interesting that these hillstream loaches seem to stay very small. Our fish are about 4 cm long and at least sexually differentiated. When looked at from above the presumably males have larger pectoral fins. The very peaceful fish are easy to keep and feed readily on any type of usual fishfood offered.

For our customers: the fish have code 421579 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

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Herkunft Vietnam
Verfügbare Größe in cm 3-4