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Julian Haffegee wrote:
> Can anyone tell me what these 2 nothos look like? I understand 97/45
>soga is a gue, - is it very different? What about 97/14 ?? I don't suppose
>there are pictures on the web.
The Notho from location 97/45 is N. foerschi "Soga TAN 97/45". This is the type locality of N. foerschi and the wild specimens we collected are essentially identical to the N. foerschi that has been in the hobby since about 1954. Before its description by Wildekamp and Berkenkamp in 1979 this early collection of this fish was referred to as N. palmqvisti "Dar es Salaam". It was assumed that the location from which the original specimens were collected (1954) was Soga. However, this was not known for a fact. In 1995 we collected N. foerschi from the Ruvu River area near Bagamoyo and last year we found it at Soga.
N. sp. TAN 97/14 is an undescribed species probably belonging to the N. melanospilus group but probably representing a different species. This Notho was first collected in 1985 by Wildekamp et al. and it was introduced into the hobby as N. sp. KTZ 85/23. Last year we re-collected it from the identical locality that it was collected from in 1985.
Brian R. Watters
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2, Canada
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