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Hi WWM. Question on Scleropages formosus, ID
I've got a question about Asian Arowanas. I notice that silvers, blacks,
both the Australian variants etc are given a different species name.
<Mmm, these are different species...>
But all the Asian Arowanas are called " Scleropages " despite the fact
that there are clearly different from one another.
<Not "that" different... these are all Scleropages formosus; one
The four main groups found in South East Asia are the greens, reds, golds
(Malaysia) and the red tail goldens (Indonesian).
<Just color variants; akin to blondes, redheads, brunettes...>
While some of them may look alike when they are young (4-5 inches or so),
they grow up to look completely different from
one another. So why are they all lumped into Scleropages ?
<Uhh, again; they're the same species. See the Net, in-print works on
the species of Osteoglossids on the planet>
I'd just like to get your thoughts on the subject. Thanks and keep up the
<Will do. Cheers, Bob Fenner>