We received once more this new, impressive species of Garra from India. The most striking feature of the species is that they have large, shining scales on the flanks. The position and number of these scales differs individually. Depending on the light these scales shine bright blue, orange-red or golden. The fully grown males (the photographed specimen is about 9.5 cm long and the largest individual we have seen so far) have a very impressive horn (scientifically called proboscis) on the forehead and tubercles on the snout. The shape of the proboscis is species-specific.
A great number of species of Garra have been described recently scientifically as new from India. Our fish resemble most to Garra gotyla, but more detailed and time-consuming studies are necessary before one can decide, if this first idea proofs to be right. In any case these algae-eaters are not only valuable, but also attractive and interesting!
For our customers: the fish have code 416442 (4-6 cm) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer