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Zipper loaches in England and their ID's

Posted By: Martin.Thoene <martin.thoene@lakenheath.af.mil>
Date: Saturday, 26 December 1998, at 2:37 p.m.

I reported a while ago that I'd seen "Zipper" loaches at "Fishes Galore" near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England when I bought my Botia striatas. JL got the hots for them at the time! Now, the other day I saw "Indian Speckled Loach", well that's what the tank-label said at my LFS, which I ID'd as Zippers. I never actually checked the species pic list at the time. Now I have, and the pic we have here as "Zipper Loach" is exactly the fish I saw at my LFS, but I'm now convinced that the first fish I saw may have been something different. If I was going to give them a common name, I would call them "Zipper" as they had far more of a zipper kind of marking along the lateral line than the "Zipper" the