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A new killifish species has all the colors of the rainbow

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 30, 2017 09:00 AM
Can we call this the skittles killifish? Anablepsoides chapare is a new killifish species from the Amazon. Red, blue, yellow, green, purple, orange, magenta, teal, etc. This little fish has it.
A new killifish species has all the colors of the rainbow

Anablepsoides chapare

The new fish is described in Aqua.  The abstract for the formal description reads:

Anablepsoides chapare, new species, is here described from a small stream in the Isiboro River drainage, tributary of Mamoré River, Amazon basin, central Bolivia. It is a member of the A. limoncochae species group and differs from all the other species of this assemblage in its unique colour pattern and morphological differences. Within this assemblage A. chapare seems to be more related to A. christinae and A. luitalimae, both occurring at the Rio Madeira basin, sharing with these species the same caudal-fin shape and a similar color pattern on sides of body, but clearly differing from these species by details of coloration and the number of rays in anal, dorsal and pelvic fins, and also by distinct counts of scales on longitudinal and circumpeduncolar series. Anablepsoides chapare is the only formally described species of the genus occurring in Bolivia apart from A. beniensis, which is also known from the Rio Madeira basin, but clearly differs from this latter species, belonging to a different species group. Rivulus corpulentus Thomerson & Taphorn is herein transferred to the genus Anablepsoides and considered as belonging to the A. limoncochae species group.

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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