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Killies from Somalia
It is great to have comments from Dick Haas (via Bill Gallagher):
>>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
The DATZ reference is probably this one:
Foersch, W. 1984. Nothobranchius microlepis (Vinciguerra, 1897)-ein
Pracht-grundkärpfling der aus der Reihe tanzt. Die Aquarien und Terrarien
Zeitschrift (DATZ) 37 (4): 121-124.
>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...
N. cyaneus should now be regarded as a junior synonym of N. jubbi.
Another bit of trivia.....N. microlepis died out in the hobby around 1984 (I
have an exact record of it somewhere among my files) and the last hobbyists
to have this species were Les and Tim Ball in the UK. It was lost when they
gave up keeping killies at that time.
Brian R. Watters
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2, Canada
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