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Re: Mount Nimba Epiplatys
Hey , does anyone out there have the original question that was asked on
this subject? I have noted Charlies' response and Dr. Romands' and would
love to put the question and answers in the BNL for informational purposes.
9969 Bethel Rd.
From: Charles Nunziata <epiplaty at tampabay_rr.com>
To: killietalk at aka_org <killietalk at aka_org>
Date: Sunday, July 25, 1999 12:04 AM
Subject: Mount Nimba Epiplatys
>I don't believe there is a valid Epiplatys nimbaensis. There is
>an Aplocheilicthys nimbaensis (Daget, 1948) from Mount Nimba but that is
>certainly not your fish. In 1980, I received a fasciolatus type that
>was collected in Mount Nimba, a male, in very poor shape. It was
>a fasciolatus complex fish, quite plain as I recall. It was not
>I'm not aware of any other collections although there may well have
>In today's "splitter" environment, it may or may not be a new species.
>In the old days it would have been simply a location of fasciolatus, but
>it may well gain species rank today. I have an unamed fasciolatus
>in my fishroom that looks a lot like that fish, so maybe some of these
>are finding their way into the hobby. I will compare that fish with
>a slide that I have of the 1980 fish. I will send you a copy or upload
>a scanned version when I locate it.
>Ep. barmoensis is quite different from bifasciatus in that it lacks
>the bars and chevron markings as well as the green sheen often seen in
>bifasciatus. Barmoensis also gets much larger, with little color.
>The females of both fish, especially when stressed exhibit a broad and
>dark horozontal stripe, typical of the genus. Unlike BIF, the females
>of BAR are very plain. I've attached photos of both fish, and although
>the photos of BAR are poor, the differences between the two species are
>obvious. The BIF photo is from the AKA library, and the BAR photo
>is a scanned image from I think an old BKA photo. I'll try to ID
>Ep. barmoensis is quite rare in the hobby, and has been designated a
>core species of the Epilatys subcommittee of the Killifish Conservation
>Committee. I head that subcommittee, and my records indicate that
>BAR is at best in the hands of three hobbyists at this point in time.
>If you get them going, please let me know. The Epiplatys subcommittee
>would be interested in getting fish if your contact has them for sale.
>Mail me personally if this can be arranged.
>I hope this helps.