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Re: Killifish conservation program robertsoni
>I sent Tim Addis Roloff's pictures of the pre-WW II filamentosus
strain and he has them on his incredible website. Roloff did not collect the
fish. It was an importation into Germany in the early 30's.
Gee, see what happens to one's memory after 20 years? Thank you for the
correction though. Mouth and fingers are more active than brain.
> In an article for
> the BKA, Scheel stated that he felt it had been captured near Old Calabar
> Nigeria. It would be wonderful if someone could try that area some time to
> see if that beautiful strain of filamentosus is indeed a population.
The area east of the Cross River (modern Calabar is in the state called
Cross River according to the map recently downloaded) is a different
province from the rest of Nigeria as far as some killies are concerned. That
is home to ndianum and the various gardneri mamfensis - including the
disputed subspecies gar obuduense (going east) as opposed to the westerly
yellow gardneris. I seem to remember that Ep. sexfasciatus togolensis gives
way to the prettier, but more challenging Ep. sexfasciatus infrafasciatus.
Additionally Ep. biafranus and maybe Fp scheeli call that area home
Chromaphyosemion bitaeniatum gives way to Chroma. bivittatum about there
too. Is Fp. spoorenbergi from that area as well?
Collecting the coastal rainforest in that vicinity is a tantalizing thought.
One wonders what form of blue gularis would be found. The area seems as
killie diverse per square kilometer as Cameroon. Don't know if political
conditions would allow it.
>BTW, the photos in Sterba of "arnoldi" are of a 1950's population of
> filamentosus that was introduced into Germany after the war. It was called
> "arnoldi" by mistake.
George Maier used to notice that a lot of fish traded for as arnoldi were
filamentosum too. The same frustrating mistake.
>Innes has a photo of a pre-WW II filamentosus, but
> identifies it as "gardneri." I think there were two strains of
> in Germany before the war and one was called "gardneri." The "gardneri"
> (pictured in Innes?) was considered very difficult to breed, but the
> Meinken/Roloff strain (the one pictured in Roloff's JAKA's article from
> 70's and now on Tim's webpage) was not thought of as being so difficult.
> Meinken/Roloff strain is a beautiful fish. Everyone should take a look at
Thank you Robert and Tony for your insights. These are beautiful killies,
none are seen as often as they should be in the hobby.
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