The search for unique gobies & loaches in China

China – Gunagxi Province, 6 September, 2010

Image On his recent filed trip in China Heiko Bleher was able to do some research in a 450 m high , fast flowing and untouched mountain stream were he was able to find some very interesting gobies and loaches…

Heiko Bleher has been invited by Tommy Wong from Hong Kong, Prof. Chen Zaizhong, from the Shanghai Ocean University, and the Guangxi Minister of Fisheries to do some research in aquatic habitats of Southern China. This is just an abstract of a few species he was able to collect in just a single spot in the middle of this fast flowing clear mountain stream at 450 m above Sea level.

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Heiko showed Prof. Chen and his student Pan where the gobies and loaches hide in the fast flowing porting of this beautiful stream…

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…there were 3 different gobies in almost the same spot, the upper is Rhinogobius yaoshanensis, male, in the centre is Rhinogobius cf. duospilus, male, and the lower the very small Rhinogobius cf. parvus.

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…and (upper) a beautiful female of Rhinogobius yaoshanensis (with her male below), as well as the large and amazing Glossogobius cf. olivaceus, here a male…

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…which was together below the rocks with this reddish loach, probably Schistura cf. incerta (lower to see its beautiful tail colours…

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…and two hill stream loaches as well in this fast flowing habitat, Protomyzon pachychilus (upper) and Vanmanenia homalocephal (lower)…

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…and this fascinating Pseudogastromyzon fangi, which started immediately to scrape the Aufwuchs from the rock I placed into the aquaria (top), a real beauty for any biotope correct aquarium of smaller size.

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Director Li (upper) was very happy with my Goby and Loach colelcting in this small habitat of the small hill stream and I was happy to… but there was much more, soon to be published elsewhere.

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