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Botia almorhae

Posted By: Martin Bacon <drmcb@hotmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, 24 August 2004, at 9:37 a.m.

When discussing the Botias in my daughter’s tank she asked me to identify the two species that were keeping us amused. One was clearly Botia histrionica but I was not sure about the other so I looked it up on Loaches Online which, as usual, gave clear photos of what was called Botia almorhae. Scrolling through the almorhae pages it became clear that two distinct forms were being shown. One with yo-yo markings and the other an altogether larger fish with much more complex patterning.

Are they two different species or are they different forms of the same one?

The latter case does not appear to be reasonable due to the size, marking and body shape differences.

If they are different species what species are they? Which one is Botia almorhae?

I would be very grateful if any of the taxonomic experts could throw