Re: NANFA-- RE: ATTN: Livebearer people

Steffen Hellner (
Thu, 18 Mar 2004 17:15:20 +0100

Thanks for the link. I know the extinct Cyprinodon in Mexico and the highly
endangered ones. Kit Stowell from AKA was one of the guys who saved
Cyprinodon celiae, veronicae and longidorsalis together with a mexican young

There is much to do in mexico which could be the worst in aquatic
conservation worldwide because they have so many endemic fishes.

It is absolutely annoying how fast and ridiculous waters are destroyed over
there. And how fast the fish are lost.

Think it is time to change and take care for these highly endangered or
already extinct species. In Europe we have the same for Aphanius apodus
which is extinct in all known habitats (though there might be another left
with very little chance). If all of us would take one species to maintain we
could surely do something. I4ll see what I can to to contact Kit for the
Cyprinodon and Characodon to get some for a population in my tanks. I had
wild fish of Characodon audax and lateralis from Kit years ago - they are
true jewels, believe me. Much more color than on the fotos you know. And
they are not difficult to breed as long as you feed them well.

And the best of all: the mexican authorities don4t seem to care. The really
porr farmers even less.

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