We have reported about this magnificent tetra more often, e.g. here: https://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/fish-archives/myleus_schomburgkii_en/ and here: https://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/fish-archives/myleus_schomburgkii_wild_en/
Now we have received young sexed animals of the narrow-banded form (species?), 12-15 cm long. The males have developed – in addition to the modified anal fins, typical for sexually mature Myloplus males – black horizontal banding on the ventral side. To our knowledge, this has not yet been documented for M. schomburgkii. Possibly the phenomenon is related to reproduction, similar to the spawning rash in carp fish.
For our customers: the animals have code 270506 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale. Only available in small quantities!
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer