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Re: Fp. walkeri GH2
> In a recent private communication, Roger commented that:
> "... Fp. walkeri Kutunse is a good example. There is every reason to
> believe that this population is extinct in Ghana, its only know habitat.
> Gerhard Schreiber collected this population in 1974 and is the only time
> fish was brought into the hobby."
The GH2 location is certainly destroyed from what I understand. From current
responses to the list I understand you agree that Kutunse is the same
location, although I have yet to see conclusive proof of this.
If they are both the same genetic material then they are certainly diverse.
This diversity over nearly 30 years of breeding is a unique topic to study.
The West African site shows many photos of divergent forms of this same (?)
form but many other photos exist outside this database.
All show a great differenciation from the original GH2 which had wide
anterior barring to the flanks. This is extremely contrasting to images of
Kutunse with many bars close together.
I consider this sp. to be most interesting to study in whatever population
Ghana is a place well known to commercial collectors. We have prioritised
this sp. (as well as E.chaperi schreiberi) as one to find by our collectors
but no data has yet been relayed back to us.
Prior to 1974 many locations were brought back to captivity which have since
I am being optimistic in the belief that this sp. will surface from the wild
again but I cannot deny the fact that this sp. is on the decline from
information collected from commercial collectors. This, however should not
be considered as hard evidence.
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