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Re: [Killietalk] N. steinforti
I have been really impressed with the many new and hard to find species
of Notho's and other killies that are often made available to the hobby.
I am disappointed though that there is rarely, if ever any of the
established species such as the many gardneri varieties that are ever
made available. Maybe not as a new specie but as wild collected fish
that can be reintroduced into the hobby to strengthen the blood lines
that have been established. I have become most interested in the
gardneri species available and am always in search of new fish or any
wild or F1 fish that would be made available. What are the chances of
something like this happening? Or is there a reason this does not
happen? Have some of the species become so common that there is not
enough interest to make this a future project.
I hope not.
Barry Cooper wrote:
Recently specimens of N. steinforti have become available for
distribution in the US, courtesy of one of our friends in the BKA.
This fish, which has been collected only once, had become rare and
probably had disappeared from the hobby in the US. The fish was
collected near the village of Kimamba in Tanzania in 1976. After
consultation with Ruud Wildekamp, one of the collectors, it has been
firmly established that only one of the two localities at which the
fish was found was introduced to the hobby. This was the T 76-4
locality. Thus, all of the fish in the hobby are derived from this
introduction and should bear this locality name. After discussion with
a few other hobbyists that are working to preserve this species, and
with Ruud's support, we have decided on the full designation of N.
steinforti "Kimamba T 76-4". I have added this locality information
to the online registry.
This fish is listed in the current N&RSC listing and will be
distributed with this locality designation. As a matter of interest,
the locality from which the fish was originally collected has been
revisited several times by collectors, including Ruud Wildekamp, Brian
Watters, myself and others. We have not been able to find the fish
again. Thus, this species should be treated as threatened in the hobby
and a special effort should be made to maintain it.
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