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RE: gardneri gold was A. hera TDK 97/30
Scott Davis wrote:
> Also, as you probably know better than I, a red male N. kortuasae was
> collected on the island of Mafia. Aquarists crossed it with other KOR
> females and fixed the red strain.
Scott, what is the source of your information about N. korthausae Red as in
the above ?
So far as I know, the red strain was introduced into the hobby as a result
of a collection made by Eggers and Kasselmann in 1983 from the northern part
of Mafia Island (Edith Korthaus' original collections of the brown form were
from the sourthern part). Eggers and Kasselmann found both red and brown
forms in the north and both were introduced into the hobby (or re-introduced
in the case of the brown form). I am not aware that there was only one red
male, as you seem to suggest, but I don't know for sure. My impression was
that the red and brown forms occurred together in the wild but, here again,
I don't know that for sure.
> And what should we call the first kortausae? Different ads and
> listing speak
> of it as the wild kortausae, the blue KOR and even the yellow
> KOR. That has got to be confusing to the unfamiliar.
Certainly, the term "wild korthausae" is wrong. Both red and brown forms
occur naturally in the wild so even if the specimens were actually wild
caught, such a designation would not distinguish one from the other. The
brown form is also often referred to as the "yellow" form. There is no such
thing as a "blue" korthausae, unless there is some mutant aquarium-generated
form that I am unaware of.
Brian R. Watters
University of Regina
Regina, Sask. S4S 0A2, Canada
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