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A new and very gold fish

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jun 21, 2018 09:00 AM
Dear Carassius auratus, with all due respect, I think I might deserve your common name more than you do. Sincerely, Pethia sahit
A new and very gold fish

Pethia sahit

Pethia sahit is a new barb species from the Krishna River system in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of India.  These barbs are brilliant metallic gold in coloration with large and very well-defined scales.  This is a shoaling species; Just imagine a big school of these gems!

Genetic analysis indicate that P. sahit is a unique species within the genus and has no close congenors.  It shares its habitat with another Pethia species, P. longicauda, but they are genetically too dissimilar to be considered sister taxa.

The new barb is described in ZooTaxa.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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