Rasbora brittani

4. July 2011

Rasbora brittani Rasbora brittani

At the first glimpse this pretty Rasbora may look a bit colorless; however, if the fish is kept in the perfect milieu (blackwater conditions and dimmed light) it looks really beautiful.

Due to a number of anatomical specializations, the species has been recently placed in a new genus, namely Kottelatia; so the most actual scientific name is Kottelatia brittani.

Obviously K. brittani has been often confused with another small cyprinid, Pectenocypris korthausae. The latter has an identical coloration, but is much more slender and has a more prolonged snout.

Our animals (wild collected) are about 3 – 3.5 cm long, sexually mature and the females exhibit a belly full of eggs. So the maximum length for that species given in literature (around 5 cm) seems to be a bit exaggerated.

For our customers: the fish have code 451112 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: brittani: dedication name for M. R. Brittan, who revised the genus Rasbora in 1954. Kottelatia: dedication name for Maurice Kottelat, one of the most experienced ichthyologists specialized in the freshwater fish of Southeast Asia. Pectenocypris: from ancient Greek, means something about “Comb-Carp”. korthausae: dedication name for Edith Korthaus, who was editor of the German aquarium magazine “Das Aquarium” and discovered the species.

Suggestion of a common name: Taillight rasbora

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Singapur / Singapore
Verfügbare Größe in cm 3-4