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09-01-2004, 11:50 PM
Someone can tell me,what is this fish's Scientific Name?:confused:
thanks a lot.
This is probably wrong but it looks like a small Vieja synspilum.
Viejas/paratheraps still screw me up especially when young but I would guess Zonatum, or maybe fenestratus. I would lean towards Zonatum though.
I agree, Rudy....... tough to tell when young, but one of those types...... perhaps guttulatum also.
09-16-2004, 08:00 PM
I also agree with Rudy, though I'm leaning towards fenestratus. Why, just to be different. LOL There are several species that look so much alike that even as adults I'm not sure which is which... fenestratus, zonatus, melanarum. Of course, I will say I've done much less reading on and have less hands on experience with these fish as opposed to many others. :) In fact, a short but funny story....I might have mentioned before that I went to Louisville, met Rusty Wessel and toured his fish house. Well, he has several Paratheraps species and I was trying to show him how much reading and studying I've done by pointing out what they were. I'd look at one and say, "Hey, isn't that a fenestratus" and of course he'd say, "Well, no that's a zonatum". Then at another tank, "Oooh, so is that another zonatum" to which I heard "Not exactly, that's a melanarum". Oh well... :rofl2: After a couple tries I gave up on the Paratheraps and let him tell me what they all were. I was able to ID most of the Thorichthys and many others when we got to them though. :D
It's definitely a small Vieja (or I believe most of these have been re-classified as Paratheraps) but I don't think it's either a synspilum or bifasciatus.
09-17-2004, 10:07 PM
I'll give you a bit of help, since I have kept a few Vieja's/Paratheraps. Going through all of the species systematically, there is no chance in haties that it is an Argentea, Breidohri, Maculicauda, Heterospila, Uffermani, Regani, Melanurum, Synspila, or Tuyrensis.
That leaves the more likely suspects (the ones known to show a solid full length lateral stripe and posses a spotted pattern.) And now we can elimate Bifasciatus, Fenestratus, and Hartwegi.
I am inclined to say Zonata, but I don't have any expeiance with the "redtail" Guttulatum (they are the blue Guttulatum), so I can't say for sure.
10-10-2004, 09:47 PM
I vote guttulatum also......the red tail is vey distinct.
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