AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 9, Number 4, BOISTEROUS BARBS, on sale June 2nd, 2020! On the cover: (top to bottom) Hypselobarbus kurali, indigo barb (Pethia setnai), and Denison’s barb (Sahyadria denisonii). Photos: Ralf Britz (top and bottom), V.K. Anoop (middle).
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AMAZONAS Executive Editor Ann Whitman reflects on the past months of sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact it has had on the aquarium hobby.
Viewpoint: German biologist Peter Rockstroh, who now resides in Colombia, reminds readers of the aquarium hobbyist’s role in conservation.
Aquatic Notebook: Stephan M. Tanner, Ph.D., and Dr. Leandro Melo de Sousa discuss the impact of Brazil’s revised aquarium fish export law and how it may impact the future of Brazil’s aquarium trade. What changes will aquarists see? Find out, in “Brazil is Opening Up.”
The Western Ghats in India—a hotspot for cypriniform fishes? So says Ralph Britz, who starts by noting, “Some of the cypriniform fishes of India are old friends and popular aquarium occupants. But, the Indian subcontinent has any number of other species to offer from this huge group, including beauties largely unknown in the aquarium hobby.”
Unmesh Katwate brings you a fresh story of ichthyological discovery, an adventurous and somewhat circuitous journey in identifying small ticto barbs, using an integrative taxonomic approach, while addressing the long-standing taxonomic issues. Learn more in this cover story, “Discovering new Pethia barbs of the Western Ghats.”
Known for the males’ spectacular dorsal fin displays, some species of the genus Oreichthys, known as the drape fin or high fin barbs, make fascinating additions to lively, planted community aquariums. Friedrich Bitter provides a thorough investigation of the species and their husbandry.
Michael Pilack shares a harrowing tale of exploration and fish collecting in Chocó, Colombia.
Continuing our coverage of South American adventures, Frans Vermeulen is off in search of new and rare species of Bolivian Killifishes.
Betta rubra already had a devout fanbase among anabantoid lovers, but Hansjürgen Dieke is about to quicken pulses again with his story of the spade-tailed Betta rubra from Banda Aceh in Sumatra.
Who doesn’t love first breeding reports for new species? Sebastian and Richard Wolf share their experience breeding the spotted garra, Garra spilota.
Friedrich Bitter reexamines a longtime classic favorite, offering a closer look at Bedotia madagascariensis, the Madagascar rainbowfish.
Century Species returns with the peppered cory: Corydoras paleatus. Ute Dederer shares the story of this aquarium staple, going all the way back to its initial collection by none other than Charles Dawrin.
We could all use an escape to spend a day in Catfish Paradise. Hans-Georg Evers will get you there in his latest installment of Notes From The Field, exploring the headwaters of the Río Araguaia and the Río Paraná in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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; Dr. Paul V. Loiselle makes the case for the striking “Victorian-type” Haplochromis aeneocolor from Lake George, and Anton Lamboj introduces us to the subtle beauty of a true African rarity, Distichodus hypostomatus.
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