Carinotetraodon borneensis

1. July 2011

Carinotetraodon borneensis Carinotetraodon borneensis

At least we successfully imported one of the most mysterious species of freshwater pufferfish: Carinotetraodon borneensis. Although the species as been described already in 1903, it was considered over decades as a junior synonym of a closely related species, C. lorteti. However, both species look extremely similar in alcohol.

In live the fish look quite different. Like all crested puffers the fish can change its coloration amazingly. In contrast to its close relatives (C. lorteti: Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia; C. irrubeso: Sumatra and Borneo (Kalimantan); C. salivator: Borneo (Sarawak); C. borneensis: Borneo (Sarawak)) we can observe no clear sexual dichromatism in our specimens. All fish look very similar to each other.

Of course this up to 5 cm long species is mainly of interest for specialized aquarists. But there can be no doubt that such rarities are the extra something for the hobby. Almost nothing is known so far about this interesting species. Observations of live fish in the aquarium can considerably help to understand the life history of the species. And this is one of the main goals of the aquarium hobby at all.

For our customers: the fish have code 408102 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Carinotetraodon borneensis is a pure freshwater species that lives in the wild in soft and acidic water.

Lexicon: Carinotetraodon: Latin, means “Tetraodon with a keel”; Tetraodon is another genus of pufferfish. borneensis: means “coming from Borneo”.

Suggestion of a common name: milkcoffee crested puffer

Text & Photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Indonesien / Indonesia
Verfügbare Größe in cm 5 - 6