[Cyprinodontiformes] Aquarium Glaser Newsletter December 23rd, 2011

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Miguel Andrade 



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Cyclopsetta sp.


The flatfishes (Pleuronectiformes) are a quite successfull order of fishes,
comprising 11 families, 108 genera and about 572 species. Most of them are marine,
only 4 species are known to live completely in fresh water, but many species are
found in the brackish water of the lower reaches of rivers at least during their
youth. Many species are of great importance as food fish for human consumption, but
in the aquarium hobby these fish are almost unknown.


We were able now to import a species from Colombia for the first time ever, which
probably represents a member of the genus Cyclopsetta. Our specimens are currently
between 8 and 12 cm long and thrive very well in slightly brackish water (2.5 g


There are four accepted species in Cyclopsetta and our specimens are most similar to
C. querna, which has a wide distribution in the western Pacific from the Gulf of
California to Peru. C. querna is the largest species of the genus and can reach a
maximum length reported of about 40 cm; however, the common length of fish collected
in the wild is around 25 cm.


It is extremely fascinating to observe these fishes in the aquarium. They are
predatory fish that prefer small fish as prey. As soon as a Cyclopsetta has
discovered a potential prey, it erects from the bottom by stretching the back. Then
it literally explodes from the bottom like a bullet and catches the food fish - even
fast swimmers like zebra barbs have no chance to escape. After the hunt the flatfish
slides back to the bottom.


For our customers: the fish have code 290903 on our stocklist. Please note that we
exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Cyclopsetta: the name refers to the cycloid scales of the members of this
genus, combined with the genus name "psetta", which is another genus of flatfish.
querna: Latin, means "oaken" or "tanned".

Suggestion of a common name: Toothed Flounder

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer


Corydoras virginiae 


Currently we have one of the most attractive species of Corydoras from Peru in stock.
This species caused - along with some other species - the Corydoras boom that started
more than 15 years ago. At this time C. viriginiae was still undescribed was called

This Corydoras is a schooling fish. Moreover it is a very lively species. It looks
best when kept in blackwater over a light, fine sand. All in all this Corydoras is a
beautiful and easy to keep aquarium fish that can reach a maximum length of around 6

For our customers: the fish have code 240604 on our stocklist. Please note that we
exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Corydoras: from ancient greek, means „with helmet and spear“. This refers to
the strong armor and fin spines. virginiae: dedication name for Virginia Schwartz.

Suggestion of a common name: Miguelito cory

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer



We wish all our readers, their families, and all the people that are near and dear to
them a peaceful Christmas, a good start in the New Year and a happy and successful
year 2012.



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