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Have you seen this fish?

Discussion in 'The Aqua Lounge' started by ShadowMac, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. ShadowMac

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    Hi Shawn, I hope they find them somewhere in the fish keeping community. Thank you for Spreading the word about this (y)
     
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    That sounds like a very big job finding one/more then getting them together to breed.

    Keith:):)
     
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    That's not an African Cichlid, it's a Malagasy, funnily enough it looks very similar to a Long Finned Oscar (A.ocellatus).
    Sadly, the decline of this fish is all man made. However, I understand that a research team discovered more of the species since.
    I'm also pretty sure that I read someplace a private breeder was in possession of both male and female Malagasy?
     
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    If your information is correct and they can get a breeding program started it could save the species from extinction.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Yes, Keith that would be great....unfortunately I have not been able to discover any more on this one:eek:
     
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    kylumi,

    Its more likely the breeder/s are keeping extremely quiet those fish would be worth a fortune on the Black Market.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Finding more of the same is only the very beginning especially after such a severe population bottleneck.
    The hard part will be overcoming the subsequent lack of genetic diversity.
    Lack of genetic diversity can in turn lead to a lack of population robustness and inability to deal with environmental change.
    I should imagine it'll require a massive captive breeding programme for several years until enough random genetic mutations occur to increase the population's genetic diversity to a point where it'll be safe to release them back in to the wild in any great numbers.

    Unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg, there are estimated to be between 200 and 2000 extinctions every year.
    There have been at least 5 mass extinction events over the last 540ma yrs.
    We are in the middle of another event where extinctions have occurred at more than 100 times the background rate since 1900, this is considered by many to largely be the result of human activity.
     
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    Thank you for posting all that information.

    Keith:):)
     

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