Searching for the Cypriot Killifish (Aphanius cf. fasciatus) PART 2

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Our first trip to investigate the biotopes, behaviour and distribution of the Cypriot killifish, Aphanius cf fasciatus yielded some interesting results and outlined the serious environmental pressures being placed upon Aphanius cf fasciatus in Cyprus. It brought to light the bleek outlook for the future of this potentially unique species of native Cypriot fish. On the 31.07.14, Christodoulos and I returned to Akrotiri to examine the individual sites at this location where Aphanius can be found. Areas of particular interest on this day were the coastal lagoons located at the military perimeter. The largest lagoon (shown above) nicknamed “Stinky Pond” …

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 …

Biodiversity of the Kryos River, Cyprus

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It was 05/08/2012 and our first stop location on the way to our destination was the Kouris Dam, it is situated at approximately 250m above sea level and is fed by three tributaries, the rivers Kouris, Limnatis and Kryos, the latter of which was of particular interest this day; water leaves the dam via the consolidated 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. Passing the immense Kouris dam itself and taking …

Visit to CH.A.KY Aquaristik Ltd (Larnaca, Cyprus)

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Last week, I took a trip over to the sunny Mediterranean island of Cyprus to visit one of the largest wholesale aquatic distribution companies on the island. CH.A.KY Aquaristik LTD is based on a large industrial estate in the town of Aradippou on the outskirts of the city of Larnaca and is one half of two companies owned by Mr Panikos Christodoulou and co-managed alongside his son Andreas. The sister company is their equally large pet supplies establishment  ‘The Scarlet Macaw Pet House’ and retails a vast array of foods medications, toys and other necessities for pets. Cyprus is my paternal …