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Re: Mount Nimba Epiplatys
9969 Bethel Rd.
From: Barry J. Cooper <bjc3 at cornell_edu>
To: killietalk at aka_org <killietalk at aka_org>
Date: Sunday, August 01, 1999 12:52 PM
Subject: Re: Mount Nimba Epiplatys
>I have answered this on the list in order to remind everyone that
>killietalk is archived. You can find them by following the link from the
>AKA site. I found the original question, from Gary Elson, trying to ID a
>fish in an importation. Posted on 7/21/99 Subject: epiplatys sp. nimba
>Archiving is one reason to be careful about putting a useful subject to
>your message. They can then be followed by thread. Please take the time to
>change the subject to match the post that you are answering, rather than
>Killietalk Digest V2 #280, etc.
>Here is the original question and Tim's reply:
>Can i get some ID help from the Epiplatys gang on the list?
>There's a Guinea shipment in town, with nice yellow finned normani
>lampeyes, dageti that are ringers for the Monrovia photos, and...
>a) a large (8-9 cm) Epiplatys, very much like a fasciolatus type, that
>comes from the Mount Nimba region in Guinea. It was exported as
>Epiplatys "nimbaensis". Can anyone tell me what could come from that
>region and what I would look at to identify it? I'm going to the
>importer's tomorrow to get some.
>b) Lovely little barmoensis, according to the exporter. How does one
>differentiate barmoensis from bifasciatus?
>There was an answer from Tim Addis, (then the replies from Charlie N. and
> Nobody seems to want to write in on this, but Epiplatys are my soft
> I've never heard of E.sp.Nimba in the UK but I'm not saying it doesn't
> Mt.Nimba is a 5600 ft mountain in northern Liberia on the border with
>Guinee & the Ivory Coast.
> Enough of the geography lesson. Man lies to the east & N'Zerekore lies
>the west. Both are known as collecting sites for Epi's.
> If you have a collection from this mountain it would be on the watershed
>of the two collections.
> Firstly congratulations on getting them -- secondly, who the hell risked
>walking through that cobra infested area to collect them ?
> Do you have a photo you could scan in ?
> Your barmoiensis are easily distinguishable from bifasciatus.
>E.barmoiensis are the only Epi. to have elongated rays on the pectoral fin.
> E.bifasciatus is as the name suggests two striped & these are clearly
>seen on the fish.
> Now then, who keeps Epiplatys in the US ? Killie keepers seem to be
>between Aphyosemion & annuals.
> Personally I like the odd balls like Epiplatys, Procatopus etc.
> I would really like to see more on these fish in the group.
>Barry J. Cooper Currently in Oregon:
>College of Veterinary Medicine 27505 Riggs Hill Rd.
>Cornell University Sweet Home, OR 97386
>Ithaca, NY 14853 Phone: (541)386-2568
>email: bjc3 at cornell_edu email: bjc3 at cornell_edu