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Clown loach differences

Posted By: Emma Turner <emmasteve@clownloach.freeserve.co.uk>
Date: Monday, 13 June 2005, at 7:07 a.m.

I have noticed that some of the 'snout' shapes of my big shoal of Clowns vary quite considerably. Most of them look what I would call standard shape, but some are very elongate (like Tiger loaches) and others have very rounded faces.
I have found it hard to get a good photo of the loaches in question, but here's some examples. The first 2 photos show the Clowns with longer noses (it is quite apparent in the second photo of the loach digging in the sand):

Then the next photo shows a group of small (and cute) round-faced clowns:

And this last photo shows a slightly bigger round-faced Clown (on the right hand side of the pic):

Has anyone else noticed such a big difference in the face shape of their Clown loaches? Is it possible that there are other regional differences besides colouration?
These photographs may not actually do this justice, as it does seem a lot more apparent when you're in front of the tank. If I get any better comparison shots, I'll post them on here.


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