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Paro-​Newsletter No. 107 Biele­feld, Jan­u­ary 28th, 2013

Dear friends, we begin the third full year of Parosphromenus project after it has become global. Here again are some mes­sages, and refer you most to the points 2 (English-​language book­let with descrip­tions and many pho­tos of our Licorice Guramies), 3 (cor­rec­tions to the last Cen­sus, with spe­cial ref­er­ence to P. suma­tranus) and 4 (all species back in stock). We are very pleased that we have for the first time all 20 sci­en­tif­i­cally described species in our stock (point 3).

1. We wel­come new mem­bers to the project

Again, there are new mem­bers to the Parosphromenus-​project:

- Mariam Al Bala’a from West Malaysia — Maciej Chochla from Gli­wice (Poland) — Jordy van Greven­broek from Holland

We are happy that there is not just a wide geo­graphic dis­tri­b­u­tion of our mem­bers, but also the fact that in addi­tion to begin­ners in Paro-​aquaristics very com­pe­tent and expe­ri­enced peo­ple come to us, too. This is remark­able because in most coun­tries the avail­abil­ity of Licorice Gouramies is very lim­ited and mostly con­fined to the pet store, and they offer them rarely, usu­ally incor­rectly declared and, unfor­tu­nately, often in poor health. All new mem­bers a warm welcome!

2. Book­let on Licorice Gouramies pub­lished in Eng­lish language

Thanks to David Armitage (AAGB), a well-​equipped 48-​page book­let in Eng­lish with all species descrip­tions by Peter Finke and many pho­tos of the fish and their habi­tats is now avail­able; all texts taken from our web­site. This is the first vol­ume of a planned series of spe­cial pub­li­ca­tions of the British jour­nal ‘Labyrinth’. The edi­tion is rather lim­ited; best order not too late!

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3. Fur­ther cor­rec­tions to the last cen­sus, and remarks con­cern­ing P.sumatranus

Boris Weber Schwartz pointed out that alleged P. suma­tranus attrib­uted to his stock fac­tu­ally are a bintan-​form and must be clas­si­fied under cf. bin­tan. Thus the stock of suma­tranus is still smaller. P. Finke, how­ever, was able to receive some young P. suma­tranus from M. Kloster (Berlin) and C. Hinz equally has taken over parts of Kloster’s pop­u­la­tion; there is off­spring already. – We have to cor­rect a remark from a pre­vi­ous newslet­ter that there appar­ently are two types at suma­tranus, those with a higher body and head down court­ing and those very slim bod­ied with head above court­ing. Although the two body types exist, the remark on dif­fer­ent court­ing was obvi­ously an obser­va­tion error, which had been com­mu­ni­cated to us this way. All suma­tranus court sim­i­larly to ornat­i­cauda and parvu­lus,

that is with the head upwards! It is still unclear whether the two body types exist dis­joint or if there are two poles between which there are all inter­me­di­ate forms also.

4. Good­news: All species are back in stock

We can report as lat­est good news: All 20 species sci­en­tif­i­cally described are back in the live­stock of the Parosphromenus-​project. Addi­tion­ally, sev­eral unde­scribed forms are avail­able. In Ger­many the live­stock is fully present, in other coun­tries only partially.

This means that even the long­time nonex­is­tent species allani is back, as well as the hith­erto unde­scribed spec. Sun­gai Stung­gang or the new form spec. Ampah. Only the lat­ter is due to the trade. We espe­cially wel­come the return of the first two named, which are the only species/​forms we know from Sarawak. In addi­tion, there is a bad infor­ma­tion, too: One of the two known local­i­ties of allani is com­pletely destroyed by now. Instead of a healthy black water river there is now a rice field to be found, and no more Licorice could live there any longer (infor­ma­tion: C. Hinz).

I one dis­tin­guishes three cat­e­gories only — good, aver­age or poor stock — then the pic­ture is mixed, but over­all nearly sat­is­fac­tory. We have a few species /​forms with good stock that cause no wor­ries (such as the nagyi vari­ants, linkei, quin­decim or spec. Sen­tang); then many species /​forms in the mid­dle class, with either low breed­ing suc­cess or a dis­tri­b­u­tion to a few breed­ers only; and every fail­ure could min­i­mize or endan­ger the entire stock (eg. anjun­ga­nen­sis, suma­tranus, opal­lios, rub­ri­mon­tis or spec. Dua). Third the cat­e­gory with poor stock encom­passes all species /​forms that are present only in very small stocks or with a sin­gle breeder or even with­out any off­spring so far, so that there is the con­stant dan­ger of total loss (deiss­neri, allani, gunawani (for­mer spec. Danau Rasau) palu­di­cola forms except Paka, spec. Sun­gai Stung­gang).

In sum­mary: Do not slack off in breed­ing the species in par­tic­u­lar in the last two cat­e­gories! How­ever, we have the return of allani and spec. Sun­gai Stung­gang, and we hope that this time it might be pos­si­ble to increase both small stocks to spread and thus be main­tained in the long run. More­over, the sit­u­a­tion for suma­tranus has improved.

5. 2012 Report on the Advi­sory Board

The Steer­ing Group has sent its annual report to the Advi­sory Board in early Jan­u­ary, which this time relates to the devel­op­ment of the project in 2012. Mean­while it is pub­lished on the homepage.

6. Get well soon!

Our web­mas­ter Helene Schoubye has bro­ken one leg at the turn of the years. We wish her well soon!

Until the next newslet­ter, warm regards from your steer­ing group. Respon­si­ble: Peter Finke (Biele­feld /​Ger­many).

(We are always open to sug­ges­tions for improv­ing the newslet­ter. French ver­sion was cre­ated with the help of machine trans­la­tion. Apol­o­gize there­fore the lin­guis­tic errors).

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