Re: [anubiasdesign] Pencilfish
These are my first pencil fish, how many different colors are there? I believe i know where you can get pencil fish, mine are very nice. jo ann
--- On Tue, 2/2/10, T. Barber <tbarber00@...> wrote:
From: T. Barber <tbarber00@...>
Subject: [anubiasdesign] Pencilfish
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 10:47 PMI haven't seen the purple ones offered in a long time. Has anybody been able to breed these? I love these fish would like to get more.
The history of these two species has been muddled but they are not color variants. They are in fact two species. N. mortenthaleri, aka the Coral Red Pencilfish (when first imported some importers labelled it the 'Red Arc' pencilfish) was first described as a N. marginatus mortenthaleri, a subspecies, by Paepke and Arendt. Shortly after that Stan Weitzman 'elevated' it to an actual species based on his analysis and that designation, N. mortenthaleri, remains. When the fish we now know as N. rubrocaudatus, aka the Purple Pencilfish, was first discovered it was labelled 'Coral Red type 2'. Last year Zarske's description was published in which he named the fish N. rubrocaudatus. This species became the 17th Nannostomus species to be decribed since Gunther erected the genus in 1872 with N. beckfordi as the type species.