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Thread: Labiobarbus ID/Info help
11-06-2012, 11:53 PM #1
Labiobarbus ID/Info help
I've asked about this fish before and the answers I got were very helpful. I feel confident in saying it belongs in the Labiobarbus family. This is the photograph I took of the fish the day I got it:
http://imageshack.us/a/img821/2291/pa010262.jpg (larger version)
Which led me to identify it as Labiobarbus Leptocheilus. This photograph is from the Baensch Aquarium Atlas Volume 3 (viewable for free on Google Books, however volumes 1 and 2 are not):
Here are some photographs I took of the fish just a few days ago. The fins have begun to turn red and the upper half of the body now has a green tint to it. Other identifying characteristics of the fish are the barbels. It has one very long pair on the lower lip and one shorter pair on the upper lip. This is also an identifying characteristic of Labiobarbus in general, which is why I feel I have found the correct genus.
http://imageshack.us/a/img28/218/pa110277.jpg (larger version)
http://imageshack.us/a/img829/1479/pa120284.jpg (larger version)
http://imageshack.us/a/img337/7527/pa120290.jpg (larger version) <------ Best photo to see the lower barbels in
http://imageshack.us/a/img534/3043/pa110240.jpg (larger version)
http://imageshack.us/a/img208/6576/pa120309.jpg (larger version)
As it has been changing colors, I feel it may end up looking like (what appears to be) the most common type of Labiobarbus, Labiobarbus Festivus (this photograph came from a different aquarium atlas on Google Books):
There are however 9 types of Labiobarbus and these are the only two I've been able to find any information online about. I checked my local library and they don't have any aquarium atlases, I also called the local bookstore and they don't have any either. If anyone here has an aquarium atlas it would be extremely helpful. It very likely is one of the other 7 types of Labiobarbus, however it might be impossible to tell until it grows older and we can see the adult colors.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
11-11-2012, 03:23 AM #2
I was hoping someone would have an aquarium atlas. If you do you'd be extremely helpful. Even if your book doesn't have all the kinds of Labiobarbus, if you could check for the ones it does have that would allow me to at least narrow it down the ones that it isn't.
11-11-2012, 09:26 PM #3
I thought it looked more like a juvvie lineatus... but that's just based on google pictures.
11-12-2012, 01:07 AM #4
there's not much info on this fish genus because they aren't really important commercially nor
are very popular in the aquarium trade (I sure wonder how an errant specimen got into a shipment of common fish). Your fish is quite small too. If you have the facilities to I would grow it out a bit more before attempting any ID beyond genus level...
11-12-2012, 02:10 AM #5
0Originally Posted by dizzydezzy
Originally Posted by madagascariensis
As for the size I agree. When I got it it was a hair or two under 2 inches, it is now only 40 days later and it is 2.5 inches. That's fast growth. The info I was able to find on Leptocheilus says it could get 7-10 inches, and with this fast growth rate it seems realistic that it will get that size. Also with how much it has changed in color in the first month, I think it could easily continue to change color as it ages. It's not too rare for fish to dramatically change colors while growing.
In reference to my own posts, today I found a LFS that had volumes 1-4 of the Baensch Aquarium Atlas. The mention of Leptochelius in volume 3 was the only Labiobarbus in there. Very disappointing. I may never find more information on this fish.