Tag Archives: Glossolepis

Glossolepis spec. “Gidomen Village”.

30. December 2022

In 2010 this beautiful rainbowfish was discovered on a private expedition in eastern West Papua. It lives there in the Taritatu River (former: Idenburg River). At first it was thought to be a Chilatherina species, but genetic studies rather point to Glossolepis. The species could be brought back alive and propagated in the aquarium. Nowadays captive bred specimens even appear in the regular trade (eg not only among spezialised hobbyists), so good was the success to establish the species in the hobby.

This slender Glossolepis becomes about 12 cm long, females remain smaller. The photographed specimens are 8-9 cm long. A particularly striking feature of this species is the red anterior dorsal stripe, which the females also show, although much weaker than the males. In the high courtship (in this mood the animals come naturally in the photo tank hardly) the body ground coloration darkens to a wonderful blue.

For our customers: the fish have code 417603 on our stocklist. Please note that we supply exclusively to wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Glossolepis incisus

11. October 2019

The red rainbow fish, Glossolepis incisus, is one of the magnificent classics among the rainbow fish. One can well understand that this fish caused real storms of enthusiasm in the 1970s, when only two relatively inconspicuous species of this group of fish were known in the hobby. The home of Glossolepis incisus lies in western Papua New Guinea, where it inhabits Lake Sentani and its surroundings. Due to the increasing pollution of the lake, the species is considered endangered. In the hobby, only bred ones are represented.

The red rainbow fish becomes 15 cm long in the male sex, females remain smaller. Regarding the coloration, the red glittering splendour increases with every centimeter that the fish grows. But also our usually traded, 6-7 cm long animals are already very nicely colored.

For our customers: the animals have code 417303 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer