Luckily we were able to import several times the beautiful Myleus schomburgkii “Broadband” this season already. The fish originate from Venezuela. Only me, the chronicler, did not find the time yet to make a photo in a photo-tank, so we add here “only” a picture we made in our fishhouse. The most current importation contained one specimen of a silver dollar we have never seen before. In all probability it is a specimen of Tometes makue. This fish has been described only in 2002.
How difficult it is to determine such a fish becomes evident by the fact that the species has been mis-identified by Kner in 1860 as Mylesinus schomburgkii. Kner was followed by Nelson (1961), Hurtado Sepulveda (1989), Lasso et al. (1995), and Machado-Allison & Fink (1995). Other mis-identifications are as Myleus setiger and Utiaritichthys sennaebragai, then followed the original description as Tometes makue.
Tometes makue may reach a total length of about 40 cm. It is reported from Brasil (Rio Negro basin) and Venezuela (Caroni basin and Orinoco basin). Against our “broadbands” the new import was quarrelsome, but of course we are not able to give much information on the behaviour of such a rare new importation yet. However, it is a hardy fish and as undemanding as one is used to by Myelus.
For our customers: the animal has code 297343 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Only one specimen available!
Jégu, M. , G. M. dos Santos & E. Belmont-Jégu (2002): Tometes makue n. sp. (Characidae: Serrasalminae), une nouvelle espèce du bouclier guyanais décrite des bassins du Rio Negro (Brésil) et de l’Orénoque (Venezuela). Cybium v. 26 (no. 4): 253-274.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
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