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Re: Aplocheilichthys pumilus

Hi Brian,
            interesting stuff! When you're talking about killies in the
Victoria area, are these species found in the lake itself, or mostly in
Lakes' drainage system? Are there any endemic Victorian species? I'm
primarily because we hear such horror stories coming out of the area in
to the impact of Nile Perch. Are there, in your opinion, any killie
species that
are directly threatened by perch? I would have though killies perfect
fodder for
young perch?
            Sorry to blast you with so many questions.

P.S. can I come with you next time!

"Brian R. Watters" wrote:

> Brian Nelson wrote:
> >
> >Hi Brian, thanks for the info...I do have some follow up though.
> >
> >>One small problem.....
> >>
> >>Aplocheilichthys is associated only with Lake Tanganyika and
> >>not Lake Victoria. It is found mainly in small streams feeding
> >>into Lake Tanganyika and also in the shore regions.
> >
> >According to Fishbase (www.fishbase.org) Aplocheilichthys
> >pumilus is also associated with drainages into Victoria.
> >If the fishbase data is suspect could you point me at some
> >references that I could use to change some peoples minds
> >at work?
> >
> The best general reference for the distribution of the lampeyes is
> Wildekamp, R.H. (1995). A World of Killies, Volume II. AKA Publication.
> The Fishbase description of the distribution of Aply. pumilus is incorrect
> in that this species is restricted primarily to the immediate environs of
> Lake Tanganyika with a few known localities extending northwards into the
> Burundi and Rwanda border areas. The Fishbase is a useful reference but use
> it with caution because it is not up to date in all respects and can,
> therefore, be misleading. The Notho section, for example is at least 3 years
> out of date.
> In the last 12 years or so, there have been numerous field/collecting trips
> done to the Lake Victoria area, specifically to investigate the killies of
> the area and none have noted what can be regarded as Aply. pumilus.
> My guess is that the reference to this species in the Lake Victoria drainage
> comes about as a result of an earlier misinterpretation of  the species
> presently known as Aply. centralis. The latter shows some similarities with
> Aply. pumilus but is clearly a different species and has been described as
> such by Seegers (1996 - The Fishes of the Lake Rukwa Drainage. Musee Royal
> de L'Afrique Centrale, Annales Sciences Zoologiques, Vol. 278).
> Aply. centralis has a fairly wide distribution from the Lake Rukwa region of
> SW Tanzania through the Malagarasi River area (western Tanzania) to the
> southern Lake Victoria area, NW and northern Lake Victoria area and also
> north of Lake Kyoga (in Uganda). When we collected populations of this
> species in the SW part of Uganda in 1990, we noted the similarities with
> Aply. pumilus and referred to it in the field, informally, as the
> "pumilus-type lampeye". Clearly, however, it was a different species - a
> smaller fish and with a different longitudinal banding on the body. Note
> that the reference Wildekamp (1995) does not include Aply. centralis as this
> was described in 1996.
> In 1990, we found three populations of Aply. centralis in SW Uganda (Lake
> Victoria drainage system). One of these was introduced into the hobby as
> Aply. sp. UG 90/12 and may still be around although I doubt it. One of the
> populations we collected was close to Lake Nakivali which is one of the
> localities mentioned for Aply. pumilus in the Fishbase write up. This
> further strongly suggests to me that the Fishbase references to Aply.
> pumilus in the Lake Victoria drainage actually refer to what is now known as
> Aply. centralis.
> Incidentally, in 1999 we found a further 6 populations of Aply. centralis in
> Uganda and brought 3 of these back. These have yet to be distributed.
> >
> >As for the list you provided for the Victoria area, that is great!
> >We are not just focusing on the lake itself but on surrounding
> >habitats as well.  Plus the majority of the Lake Victoria fauna
> >that we are displaying (except the Cichlids) are pretty bland in
> >coloration, so we could use some colorful Notho's.
> >
> I should elaborate a bit on some aspects of these other species:
> 1. Firstly, in my list of Notho species occurring in the Lake Victoria
> region of Tanzania, I forgot to mention N. neumanni. Populations of this
> species occur in the Serengeti-Mwanza area to the SE and S of Lake Victoria.
> 2. It should be noted that the populations of N. neumanni and N. taeniopygus
> in the Lake Victoria area differ in some respects from other populations of
> those species in the Lake Manyara-Bahi swamp area in the eastern arm of the
> rift valley. For example, the N. taeniopygus populations of the Lake
> Victoria area lack the white submarginal band in the caudal fin. So, if you
> use these species in your display make sure you acquire the appropriate
> populations.
> 3. I mentioned that Aply. fuelleborni occurs in the Lake Victoria drainage.
> However, you may find earlier references to this fish in this area as Aply.
> loati. It has been suggested by Seegers (1996) that the latter name should
> be reserved for that species as occurring in the Nile proper and the similar
> lampeye as found in the Lake Victoria, Malagarasi River and Lake Rukwa
> regions actually represents Aply. fuelleborni as described by Ahl (1924). In
> 1993, we collected two populations of Aply. fuelleborni (we called them
> Aply. loati at that time) and I maintained these for a number of years until
> they eventually had to go to make room for something more important in my
> fish-room. In spite of the fact that it was very abundant where we found it,
> this species proved to be difficult to maintain in captivity, being very
> sensitive to water conditions and to water changes (unlike most lampeyes). I
> did distribute one of these (as Aply. loati TAN 93/10) but it was a rather
> plain little fish and there wasn't much interest shown in it. We will
> probably be able to re-collect one or two populations of this species in
> June.
> 4. Aply. bukobanus is a gorgeous little fish and my personal favorite of all
> the lampeyes. We have introduced various populations of this species into
> the hobby from both Uganda and Tanzania but few have survived more than a
> few years. Our TAN 93/5 and UG 90/12 populations may still be around but, if
> so, would certainly be uncommon. The former had brilliant red-orange fins
> when we collected it but that soon changed to the normal coloration while in
> the bags in the field and later in aquaria. Last year we found numerous
> populations of Aply. bukobanus in Uganda and brought back 3 of those, none
> of which have yet been distributed.
> __________________________________________
> Brian R. Watters
> University of Regina
> Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2, Canada
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