The goby subfamily Sicydiinae currently comprises nine genera with 129 species. They are all current-loving animals, which occur in nature mainly in clear streams and feed on Aufwuchs and small animals. Larval development takes place in the sea. Some neon gobies of the genus Stiphodon are particularly popular, while representatives of other genera are very rarely traded.
We have now received the species Lentipes ikeae from Indonesia for the first time. The species is known from Java and Bali, it was scientifically described in 2014. The maximum size of L. ikeae is 4-5 cm. They are peaceful and sociable animals that like to climb out of the water with their well-developed sucker formed from the pelvic fins. In nature they overcome waterfalls that way. In the aquarium one should therefore ensure good coverage, otherwise the migratory instinct could have fatal consequences.
By the way, the species name does not refer to the Swedish furniture store, but honors the employee of the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Bogor, Java, Indonesia, Mrs. Ike Rachmatika.
For our customers: the animals have code 423632 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply to wholesalers.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer