AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 9, Number 5, MEXICO: Depths of Diversity, on sale August 4th, 2020! On the cover: Río Agua Azul, Chiapas, Mexico, Photo by John Lyons; tequila splitfin (Zoogeneticus tequila), Photo by Oliver Lucanus; spot cheek cichlid (Thorichthys maculipinnis ‘Río de la Lana’), Photo by Uwe Werner Wolf.
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Traveling to Mexico in person may not be possible during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we hope these pages will inspire you to add this incredibly diverse and beautiful country to your bucket list for a future visit.
Aquatic Notebook brings you short articles on noteworthy happenings of interest to aquarists. Here, AMAZONAS Deputy Executive Editor Courtney Tobler examines the description of CW154 as Corydoras rikbaktsa.
Aquatic Notebook brings you short articles on noteworthy happenings of interest to aquarists. Next, AMAZONAS Sr. Editor Mike Tuccinardi discusses a mysterious recent import from Peru that appears to be the clouded ghost knifefish (Adontosternarchus nebulosus).
Good news is hard to come by amidst the barrage of reports of extinctions, habitat destruction, and pollution from around the world. But, in Mexico, one species is back from the brink. WELCOME HOME! Reintroducing Zoogoneticus tequila, the tequila splitfin by Arely Ramírez-García, Gerardo García, Michael Köck, John Lyons, and Omar Domínguez-Domínguez.
The Pacific Coast of Mexico conjures up images of white sand beaches with crashing waves, beautiful sunsets, and glittering resorts such as Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, and Acapulco. It is all of that and much more for the freshwater hobbyist; join author John Lyons as he takes you Vacationing with the Freshwater Fishes of Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
Home to endangered jaguars, scarlet macaws, white nun orchids, and many endemic species of fish, the Usumacinta watershed in southeastern Mexico is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
Uwe Werner Wolf makes a proper introduction to Thorichthys maculipinnis, the spot cheek cichlid. It stands out from other Thorichthys species as being particularly colorful. A real eye-catcher!
Roman Burkardt travels to the Mexican border, trekking into the desert for pupfish; some fishes live in inhospitable and genuinely life-hostile regions.
Ute Dederer & Friedrich Bitter bring you along for a visit with crayfish breeder Markus Güsgen.
After years of misidentification and confusion, the tiger limia (Limia islai) has been officially described. As Paul V. Loiselle has discovered, this charming livebearer is worth seeking out.
Friedrich Bitter suggests that all shiners of the genus Pteronotropis are attractive, peaceful fishes that become real eye-catchers in the planted aquarium. While related species from other North American genera often exhibit their splendid colors for only a few weeks, these shiners display attractive coloration most of the time and can easily hold their own with similar species from the tropics.
Small, colorful, and lively is probably how most people would describe their first impression of the glowlight danio, Danio choprae. Author Ute Dederer notes that these fish are the perfect complement to a densely planted aquarium.
“If there is anything good in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is probably the fact that staying at home and keeping away from traveling and visiting friends made me review my old pictures on my hard drive. I have hundreds of thousands of images filed away—lots of fishes and nice memories of the journeys I undertook in past years,” says Hans-Georg Evers as he brings us back to Peru in search of new tetras.
Given the current state of the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, aquarium-related events are being canceled, rescheduled, or going “virtual” with online options. 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; Anton Lamboj brings us a look at a barb from western Africa, Enteromius diamouanganai, and Dr. Paul V. Loiselle shares the striking, rainbow-hued buckelkopf acara, Laetacara araguaiae.
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