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New Myanmar Botia and wild B. sidthimunki

Posted By: Nitipat <ganryu9@hotmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, 4 February 2003, at 5:49 a.m.

As I have sent a couple of new Botia pics to Dave whether he or any of you have seen them, here's more details about this fish.

Last year a Thai fisherman named Pornlert Chansirikiat had been the first who found some samples of this new Botia in a stream between Myanmar and Thailand. Together with this new Botia, he has also found a few of B. sidthimunki in nearby location.

The new Botia was called " Polka Dot" Botia as a few specimens went public in Japan while a few were named "Clouded" Botia as they were shown in Europe.

I have seen many of these species from 1.5" to 5" and there are numerus patterns of samples to make me and other spectators uncertain whether they are all from one single species. Many are black filled with small golden, ivory dots sparkled all over (explained why they were called "Polka Dot") while others were black body with patches of ivory color (so called "Clouded").

Mr. Chansirikiat is working with a Thai top fishjery official on registrating this Botia as new species under his name.

Besides this new species and B. sidthimunki, he also found B. longidorsalis, B. berdmorei, Schistura subfusca, and many other species of rare fishes apart from Loaches.

His species are however, different from the fish species which Myanmar supplier beginning to export regularly (B. histrionica and other similar species"rostrata?").

Mr. Chansirikiat is on the trip right now. I am hoping now that he would come up with some new species again.


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