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Parosphromenus-​Newsletter No. 101 Biele­feld (Ger­many) August 20th, 2012


Dear friends, in this newslet­ter we will speak about new mem­bers, our new specialist-​line-​up, a ques­tion regard­ing P. suma­tranus, a short note on excur­sions, the Amer­i­can edi­tion of the Amazonas-​issue on licorice gouramis and some other short news. And excep­tion­ally we repeat our nice logo that we used for the 100th newsletter…


1. We wel­come new friends

In the very begin­ning of our project (in the first newslet­ters 2005 and 2006) we have named the new per­sons who have become mem­bers dur­ing the past weeks. Then at a cer­tain moment this were too many peo­ple, and we stopped that usage. But this was not good a deci­sion, for most of us are inter­ested in the growth of the project. There­fore we have decided to reas­sume that tradition.


As the newest mem­bers we wel­come especially:


- Romain Nass­in­vera from Béziers in France,
- Jim Robin­son from Mis­sisauga in Canada,
- Ades­orn Non­payom from Bangkok in Thai­land,
- Peter Marceau from Cumberland/​Rhode Island, Rachel O‘ Leary from York/​Pennsylvania und Ronald M. Burch, all U.S.,
- Andreas Gahler from Rath­manns­dorf, Andreas Paulus from Wirschweiler, Max Keller­mann from Mül­heim und Veronika Franke-​Bahls from Wup­per­tal, all Germany.


We con­tinue in the next newsletter.


2. Spezial­ists: please decide, take action and give us a note!


In the last newslet­ter we announced that we are deter­mined to estab­lish a sec­ond track of sus­tain­ment besides the godfather-​program: that of species spe­cial­ists. What­ever else one keeps or breeds: We try to find one or more per­sons who feel respon­si­ble for one sin­gle Paro-​species. Then we can be sure: This species is at all times avail­able with him or her.
Sev­eral peo­ple have praised that con­cept, but nobody so far has adver­tised him­self as will­ing to be such a spe­cial­ist for species x. There­fore we repeat that clear call: Please, join in and tell us! We have only two spe­cial­ists of this kind so far: Bern­hard Lukiewski (Berlin/​D) for P. quin­decim and Thoams Beu (Frankfurt/​D) for fil­a­men­to­sus. All other species are free.
Wes hall write to a few friends who seem espe­cially qual­i­fied for cer­tain species, but there is bet­ter a way: self-​announcement, say­ing I try it with species x. (That’s never for eter­nity. You can stop that assign­ment at any time; this should be quite obvious.


3. Who is espe­cially expe­ri­enced with P. sumatranus?


There are some puz­zling facts with P. suma­tranus. This fish which was taken in 1955 as a sub­species of “deiss­neri” by the sci­en­tific describer W. Klause­witz is def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ent species, but more than that: it obvi­ously con­sists of two dif­fer­ent types. The main type is in habi­tus and behav­iour sim­i­lar to the major­ity of the other licorice gouramis: its body struc­ture resem­bles them and it dis­plays head-​down. The other type which is not much dif­fer­ent from the first in colour design has a markedly
slim­mer body, resem­bling nearly ornat­i­cauda or parvu­lus, and is dis­play­ing head-​up, some­times in totally ver­ti­cal posi­tion.
We ask: Is it pos­si­ble that this is the same species? We doubt this very much. As far as we know there are no tran­si­tional inter­me­di­ate forms. As it seems, all ani­mals presently in stock belong to the first type; is that true? We have kept the sec­ond type some years ago our­selves and we bred it; there are pho­tos of the totally dif­fer­ent courtship behav­iour. Are some pairs of this very inter­est­ing form still some­where in stock?


4. Suc­cess­ful excur­sions of Nico­las Buis­son, Chris­t­ian Hinz and Bernd Bussler


In July Nico­las Buis­son trav­elled west­ern Malaysia in June. He wrote to Peter Finke (July 15th ): “My travel in Malaysia fin­ishes today. I found in a small river end­ing in Tasik Chini (Lake of Chini) Parosphromenus nagyi, in Kam­pung Gumum. I come back with 20 fishes. I hope to dif­fuse this fish when I will obtain fry. I also found in the same river Betta pi, Poly­cen­trus schom­burgkii, Lucio­cephalus pul­cher, half bec, Sphaerichthys osphromenoides, Pagio kuh­lii, Bar­bus tetra­zona and Tri­chop­sis vit­tata.” By the way, the pH of this ditch that was highly changed by human influ­ence was alca­line: 7.8! This means that the fish will prob­a­bly not be able to per­ma­nently sur­vive there. In the mean­time Nico and his fish have safely arrived in France; the fish seem to resem­ble the Kuantan-​type of nagyi.
Chris­t­ian Hinz and Bernd Bus­sler were equally suc­cess­ful on excur­sion in west­ern Malaysia. They report of only recently destroyed habi­tats. We will receive more pre­cise infor­ma­tions later.


5. Announce­ment of a new series


All of us are inter­ested in Paros and in the friends of these fish. We there­fore shall start a new series in one of the next newslet­ters: the short pre­sen­ta­tion of sin­gle mem­bers of the Parosphromenus-​project. We think of suc­cess­ful breed­ers and their meth­ods, com­ing from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, but of other peo­ple too.
6. Short notes
- Olivier Per­rin (Paris) has pre­sented a very nice series of breed­ing pho­tos of P. parvu­lus; some of them now to be seen within the species page of that species. One photo is presently the catch­ing pic­ture on our start-​page;
- At the 20-​years jubilee-​meeting of the EAC in Kas­sel (Ger­many) Horst Linke dis­trib­uted greater quan­ti­ties of off­spring of a stock of P. spec. cf. linkei that he received from Pat Yap in 2011;
- The highly praised issue of the German-​spoken jour­nal “Ama­zonas” that was pub­lished April 2012 appeared recently in an American-​english trans­la­tion. The four arti­cles by Hall­mann, Linke, Kopic and Finke on licorice gouramis have been care­fully trans­lated and edited; accom­pa­ny­ing arti­cles on other sub­jects have been partly exchanged. The edi­tor, James Lawrence, did quite a good job. He men­tions sources of sup­ply for these fish in the U.S. and in Britain, and also the web­site of our project and the future web­site of American’s ALFA
- www​.ana​ban​toid​.org There have been new friends writ­ten to us already.
- Helene Schoubye has placed all these arti­cles on the Project-​homepage in the mean­time in full length in Eng­lish and Ger­man orig­i­nal design. We are grate­ful to her and to the edi­tors and publishers.


To all the best, until the next newslet­ter, your steer­ing group.


Respon­si­ble: Peter Finke (Bielefeld/​Germany).
(We always are pleased to receive pro­posal for improve­ments of the newslet­ter. The trans­la­tions were done with the help of machine trans­la­tion; please excuse any lin­guis­tic mistakes).

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