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Tropical Fish-Glass Catfish Identification, Finally


glass catfish identificationThe glass Catfish is a common resident in many home aquariums. It is interesting because you can see right through it. But its scientific name has not been as clear as the fish for the past 70 years or so. It has taken that for the glass catfish identification to be finalized. The species has has a few names throughout its existence in the aquariums of interested aquarists.

In a recent article by serious fish entitled Identity of aquarium glass catfish resolved, SeriouslyFish.com reported:

Over the last few decades the aquarium glass catfish has generally been referred to as Kryptopterus bicirrhis or, more recently, K. minor in both aquarium and scientific literature, but a new paper by Drs. Heok Hee Ng and Maurice Kottelat reveals that this popular species has in fact been misidentified for over eighty years.

The fish is native to rivers of peninsular and southeastern Thailand and the study, published in the journal ‘Zootaxa’ this week, demonstrates it to be a previously unnamed taxon now officially-recognised as Kryptopterus vitreolus.

Glass Catfish Identification Reverts to the Past

The fish has changed its name numerous times and is finally returned to the original name it carried when it entered the trade.  Kryptopterus vitreolus is the official glass catfish identification for this very popular community aquarium fish.  The article goes on to comment on the fact that these fish have not been successfully bred in captivity and as such may be under some serious pressure as a species.

They are not found in an extensive range so their habitats and numbers may be dwindling. It certainly would be too bad if the famous glass catfish was not available for people to wonder about as they watch the these transparent fish swimming in the aquarium.  Hopefully the requirements for breeding them domestically will be discovered before they are over fished an no longer able to sustain their population.  What use is finding the right glass catfish identification if the fish are no longer available?

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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