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Re: Is there more than one strain of E. annulatus out there?
In a message dated 4/16/99 9:31:29 PM, sw7388 at empireone_net writes:
<< How can I tell which one I have? >>
You can identify the males pretty well if you have some good color photos of
all the strains. Where you'll find all of them I don't know. Some of them are
in Aqua–log Killifishes of the World Old World Killis II.
However, the only sure way is to maintain records and labels for each
strain and pass that information along with the fish. I assume from your
question that you did not get that information from your source. Go back to
them and ask. They may have that information or at least can tell you where
they got them and you can do some genealogy research. Many fish have no
information about their source and are assumed to be "Aquarium strains".
There is nothing wrong with that unless some uninformed person crossed two
different strains in which case you may find low fertility if they were too
remotely related. There is a certain intangible value in a fish with a
pedigree. They have become more and more valued in the auction market.
The most colorful strain of annulatus is usually thought to be the
Monrovia strain. However, individuals of so-called "aquarium strain" can be
just as colorful and vice versa.