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Re: killies from somolia???
Dick Haas is retired and no longer "into" killies, but he said I could
forward his comments to the list:
>What a surprise to read that someone knows that the N. patrizii in the
hobby are descendants of some I brought back from Somalia as eggs.. I also
brought back and distributed two others viz. N. microlepis (Foersch wrote a
piece on these but I couldn't locate the reference...it was in DATZ about
1982-3) and N. "warfa-blue". I gave these that interim name after the site
(Warfa) where I first collected them. These have since been described as N.
cyaneus. Microlepis died out, I believe, in the hobby...they are an
interesting fish (one thing unusual is that the males approach and contact
the females from below, rubbing their dorsal hump against the female's
ventral surface before moving alongside and down into the substrate)...they
are sort of ugly, uniformly grey-blue, big and with huge appetites, eat each
other if not kept stuffed with other food..Sort of reminds one of Cynolebias
elegans...another brute I first put into the hobby some ten year before that
...and which also quickly died out for similar reasons....huge, grey and
with monstrous appetites......
>There are three references about Somali fish you might be interested in:
>1982. Haas, R. Notes on three Somali Nothobranchius new to aquarists.
>!986 The Blue Notho ( N patrizii) TFH October
>1992 Wildekamp, R and R Haas . Redescription of N. microlepis, description
of two new species from Northern Kenya and Southern Somalia......
Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, vol 3 #1 pp1-16. February (Verlag
Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, Muenchen. FRG-ISSN 0936-9902. (about N. microlepis,
N. fasciatus (n. sp) N. bojiensis (n. sp) and redescription of N. ocellatus)