The history of Salaria fluviatilis in Cyprus

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Roland L. N. Michell was a British National who lived on the island of Cyprus periodically in the early 1900’s, he was not an ichthyologist nor was he a naturalist, his interest was mainly in ethnography but yet he must have been somewhat enamoured with the wildlife of Cyprus because not only did he collect the first examples ever recorded in Cyprus of Salaria fluviatilis, the freshwater ‘Blenny’, he also seems to have been the only person to ever have done so, and it took him 4-5 years before he succeeded! Michell collected his specimens from less than a handful …

Exploring the Rio Atabapo; The search for true Altum Angels

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In September 2014, I had the opportunity to travel along the border of Colombia and Venezuela and deep into the Venezuelan rainforest in search of the elusive Altum Angel of the Rio Atabapo and many other amazing species. Here is an account of my journey which was published in the April 2015 edition of Practical Fishkeeping Magazine. Enjoy, Chris. As I stare out of the adjacent window eight thousand feet above land aboard this world war 2 DC3 cargo plane, the only flight going to our location, I am suddenly enamoured by this irreplicable view of untouched rainforest stretching right …

Biodiversity of the Kryos River, Cyprus

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It was 05, 08, 2012 and the first location was the Kouris Dam which is situated at approximately 250m above sea level near to the village of Ypsonas; it is fed by the rivers, Limnatis and Kryos which were of particular interest. Water leaves the dam via the Kouris river. During this trip we had set out to first explore the river ‘Kryos’ which in Greek language translates into ”Cold’ although the temperature of the water there was a reasonable 27.9°C in most places. On the way to the Kryos river, we passed the immense Kouris dam itself and the …

Heiko’s Caburi Discus Biotope

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CABURI – LOWER AMAZONIA, BRAZIL Biotope: This is an authentic biotope from the Caburi region which is a northern small tributary of the Amazon River and the only location where Heiko Bleher was able to find Discus near lava stone. nike air max 2016 The decorated biotope shows the rivers edge during rising water (on the right hand-side) and the open water region. The biotope and Discus is he very same as shown on the cover of Bleher’s Discus volume 1. adidas messi Fische: Symphysodon haraldi, a Blue Discus population, one that can be found here with Osteoglossum bicirrhosum, Potamotrygon …

Heiko’s Meruvambayi River Biotope

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Meruvambayi River – Western Ghats, India Biotope from the Meruvambayi River, Western Ghats, Kerala, India Habitat: This biotope is very beautiful and still not as much polluted and destroyed as many other aquatic habitats in this part of India. It has clear water with a slight flow and in some areas it is rich in aquatic vegetation – also along its shoreline. This is why I was able to find a large variety of species living here in harmony. They have a place to find micro organisms, aquatic insects and terrestrial ones, and such untouched biotope offers ample breeding ground …

The Fish Guys Expedition | Part 2

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Expedition 2 takes you to the Lost World, ffxiv gil George Fear and I explore the border of Venezuela and Guyana finding some really special fish species and look at their biotopes and behaviour in their natural environments.

Fish collecting along the Rio Jandiatuba, Brasil.

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The moment the reflection of the morning sun touches the surface of the river you understand why they call it white water; the milky reflection of the silt-laden flow makes you wonder how any aquatic creature navigates a daily existence here. Immediately I understand the necessity of the long whiskers of the Pimelodid catfish and the echolocation used by the river dolphins with their tiny eyes (almost pointless in such a river); I continuously observe for other insights and wonder what lessons are in store on this 10 day journey into the deepest jungles of the Amazon basin. I’ve finally …

The Route of the Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi)

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The route of the Cardinal Tetra One of the aquarium fish with more pages held in the books of hobbyists than Discus and Angelfish combined is the Cardinal tetra. More precisely, Paracheirodon axelrodi. These characids we could consider as the most popular tetras in the ornamental fish hobby, their distinctive color contrast and beauty makes them unique and although there are several similar tetras such as the Paracheirodon inessi (previously in the genus Hyphessobrycon) or P. simulans, they do not possess the elegance of that of the King of the tetras. Such is the importance of this characid, whole families …