AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 9, Number 3, AFRICAN ADVENTURES: East and West, on sale April 7th, 2020! On the cover: (top to bottom) Aphiosemion striatum GEGVPO 2018-1 ‘Movo’, Neolamprologus leleupi longior ‘Hapa Ingii Fara’ dark morph, Mormyrus rume. Photos: Heinz Ott, Tautvydas Pangonis, Lawrence Kent
The May/June 2020 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine is printed and arriving at the homes of magazine subscribers, local aquarium shops and better bookstores!
We turn our focus to the African continent this issue with feature stories of exploration and discovery from Lake Tanganyika, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.
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The Table of Contents for the May/June 2020 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online!
Executive Editor Ann Whitman looks forward to spring while sharing a behind the scenes look at the process that goes into creating every issue of AMAZONAS in her Letter from the Editor.
AQUATIC NOTEBOOK returns with our official reporting of Spectrum Brand’s Glofish Betta release. Also in this installment, goodeid conservation at the Chester Zoo, rediscovery of a lost Hypostomus species, and our report from the 2020 Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida.
Mattia Matarrese and colleagues return to Lake Tanganyika with a Trident underwater drone, exploring the depths in search of new species. What perils and treasures will they encounter?
Killies, cichlids, tetras and catfishes are just some of the treasures discovered as Lawrence Kent takes you on a journey, sampling for fish in Southwestern Nigeria.
Killifishes—the name alone denotes fantastic aquatic creatures with glorious colors and forms. Even today, many of the species and forms remain a mystery, but our journey to the jungles of Equatorial Guinea endeavors to blow away at least a bit of the mist. As told by Adolfo González, Carlos Vizcaino, Francisco Portal, & Heinz Ott
Sometimes, as Torsten Kortum reports, it’s a fortunate accident that provides aquarists with a new species. That was the case with the small, red Badis laspiophilus.
Easily overlooked during a brief glance into the tanks of an aquarium store, these nocturnal bottom dwellers are worth seeking out. Ernst Sosna introduces the bumblebee banjo catfish, Ernstichthys megistus.
Friedrich Bitter feels that it’s not just new fishes and invertebrates that aquarists crave; the many attractive forms of Bucephalandra, the low-maintenance plant genus from Borneo, stirs the hearts of aquascapers and collectors, creating a desire for even more.
Like a time-lapse video in fast forward, seasonal killifishes complete their entire life cycles within just a few months. Their lives and deaths depend on the interplay of nature within the seasons of flood and drought. The clock begins ticking for Nematolebias whitei with the onset of the first rainfall. Ernst Sosna shares the secrets of spawning this impressive species.
Oliver Drescher reports on the first breeding a piscine oddity most haven’t even heard of—the African stargazer mountain catfish, Amphilius cf. uranoscopus!
The enigmatic Gollum snakehead was named after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, which gives a clue about its special habitat. Ralf Britz shares the story of its discovery.
“My last visit to the beautiful Sunda Island of Borneo,” recalls Hans-Georg Evers, “was more than ten years ago when I flew from Jakarta to Palangka Raya, a boomtown in Central Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. The area is one of the centers of the palm oil industry, where primary forests are burning every day to make room for more and more monocultures. My biggest question was, will we find anything interesting left there?”
Given the current state of the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, aquarium-related events are being canceled or rescheduled as “stay at home” or “shelter in place” type orders are in effect. Event organizers, please keep Janine Banks (email@example.com) aware of any rescheduled events and cancellations, and we’ll do our best to relay that information. View our events calendar online, anytime, for the most up-to-date information we have available, but remember, check with any event organizer directly to learn the status of their event. We look forward to a time when aquarists can once again gather to share their love for fishes.
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We round out every issue with AMAZONAS’ Species Snapshots—concise glimpses at rare and unusual fishes showing up in the aquarium trade and hobbyist circles. In our latest installment, we give expanded coverage to two very unique species; Friedrich Bitter offers insights on Plataplochilus miltotaenia, and Anton Lamboj reveals the dwarf ctenopoma, Microctenopoma nanum.
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