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Pachypanchax and Somalia killies
McDaphnia at aol_com wrote:
>With regard only to Pachypanchax omalonotus,
>I notice different strains or type locations
>mentioned -- red, orange, Nosy Be. Are these
>all the same? How many collections sites are
>now represented in the hobby? Is the obviously
>different blue strain in the hobby? Where does
>it come from? What references do you advise
>I obtain? I have the Baensch Atlas and Scheel's
>Atlas of Killifish of the Old World.
Roger Langton's book "Wild Collections of Killifish" is an excellent
source of information about the various populations of killies that
have been collected. Roger was involved in the Madagascar project so
the information in the above book relating to Pachypanchax populations
should be accurate and complete. The book is available through AKA
Publications at a very low price (check the AKA web site).
A further comment about the killies in Somalia....
Steve Eichman wrote:
>........my question is what species of killies would be found
>in this area? are the(y) available?
In my previous message about this matter I listed the Nothos (as Matt
has pointed out - NOT "Northos") that occur in areas close to the
Kenya-Somalia border. I neglected to comment about their availability
in the hobby. Actually, this information is available on the AKA Web
Site in my listing of the "Status of Nothobranchius species and
populations in the hobby - past and present". Navigate through the
"About the Genera" page of the site and you will find a link to it.
N. patrizii is still in the hobby and that originates from Somalia (via
Haas). A population collected from the Tana River area in Kenya in
the mid-80s was introduced into the hobby but did not survive. Seegers
also collected a population in Kenya in 1996 but I don't think it was
N. jubbi - various populations are in the hobby, including the "Warfa
Blue" population which is from Somalia.
N. willerti is from the Tana River area of Kenya (near the border with
Somalia). This species (orinally referred to as N. sp. Mnanzini before
it was described) was introduced into the hobby in the mid-80s and has
never been very common as it can be a tricky Notho to maintain. I have
had it for more than 10 years and at present, I am fairly sure that I am
the only person still maintaining it.
N. microlepis from Somalia was introduced into the hobby in the early-
to mid-80s but only survived for a year or two. It has not been
N. fasciatus has never, to my knowledge, been in the hobby.
Brian R. Watters
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2, Canada