Tropical Fish: New Loach Species for Tropical Fish Tanks?
It seems that the world still has some unexplored areas within it that can offer new species to the home ornamental fish tank. In India, they have found a new loach species that may be finding its way into your local live fish store in the future. The new eel loach has been classified as Pangio ammophila.
A new eel loach species named Pangio ammophila was found in Kumaradhara river in Subramanya in the Dakshina Kannada district. They were collected from the sandy areas in the river’s shallow by an Indo-British team of researchers. The fish is 25-30 mm long.
There aren’t a lot of new fish being added to the pets store’s inventory recently. But the chances of finding many more presently unknown species looks very good from what is called the Western Ghats region of India. From the article, you will see that this area has a number of protected areas that have not been explored as well a a number that are more open.
There were five new species identified in 2012 already, and there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 identified species coming from this poorly explored area. The possibilities are huge that some other fish can be found that can be worked into the home aquarium in the near future. The real problem is that India is undergoing a major modernization and the country’s natural resources are under severe pressure from the improving lifestyle and needs of civilization. Even the Pangio’s sandy bottom habitat is being eroded quite rapidly by the local sand mining presently going on there.
New Loach Species may not be the only one
Research has identified other new loach species of Pangio in the same region:
This is only the fourth species of Pangio found in India and one of the two that occurred in the streams of the Western Ghats; the other being Pangio goaensis. Other two fishes from the same genus were found in the North East.
I personally like to see loaches in the aquarium, and the addition of new ones is an event that stirs the blood.