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I’m here to present another relatively new Rainbowfish of the Pseudomugilidae genus! It resembles a blue-eye from the grouping of P.gertrudae and P.paskai, and it goes by the name of Pseudomugil sp.”Aru”.
I would like to once again give photo credit to Hiroyuki Sasaki, a well-known photographer of smaller fish here in Japan, and the fish of which the photos are of, are from a shop by the name of “Tropical Garden”.
White-finned Aru Male
These beauties relatively recently have been making their way into the hobby via Indonesian distributors. They are at least claimed to be collected from the islands of Kepulauan Aru, which is a part of Irian Jaya, New Guinea. Which specific island of the Aru islands I have no knowledge of.
These may be a variety of gertrudae, that is still yet unknown, but it is a likely fact, being that the original P.gertrudae were collected from one of these very same “Aru” Islands, known as “Terangan” island. When it comes to localities of the same fish, Rainbowfish in general are known to vary greatly in terms of color, finnage, and patterns. Although there are usually some characteristics which are consistant throughout all the locality types. For example, in this case, if it were a P.gertrudae variety, it shares the black-spotting on the fins. Then again, so does P.paskai but that’s a whole other species of Pseudomugil. The Rainbowfish groups is quite a varied group of fish.
The most defining characteristics of P.”Aru” is that #1 the anal fin’s 3/4 rays are extended, creating a sickle shape. #2 is that all of the fins (with the exception of the pectoral fins) will either have a white-hue or an orange-hue on their edges. The pectoral fins of both the white and orange varieties exhibit a deep orange color at their tips. You can clearly see these differences in the 1st photo posted above of a white-finned male, and the photo below of an orange-finned male.
The females, as with all Pseudomugils are quite drab compared to their male counterparts. The eyes are still blue, but the body has almost no color, finnage, or patterns, resembling the males.
I haven’t had any experience breeding/raising these, but from a friend of mine who has worked with them, they really pose no serious problems. Relatively easy to both keep/raise and breed. Of course with most Pseudomugils, they will do much better in groups and aren’t very aggressive, with the exception of the males sparring with each other.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Another on a relatively new and beautiful Pseudomugil!
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