- Marcos Mataratzis
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A friend asked me about some "hole like" pores on some of my loach photos. Most of those pores, according to him, were in the head. I check some of my photos but was not able to confirm, but he sent me some photos showing them:
I came back here and found those pores on some Marge photos as well:
Can anybody help me solve this puzzle?
I watched a TV show a while back, and "they" were doing a study on the purpose of those pores.
They are located on the snout of the animal, and around the head. They used a baby Alligator as a testing subject, and applied a plastic paste to its snout, covering the pores. When they were covered, he could not find a fish they dropped in the water.
Strangely, I have noticed some of these spots on my Loaches as well, even Kuhlis. My Weather Loaches also have bumps on their snouts, though they look a bit different from the ones in your friend's pictures.
If the anatomy is well known, its purpose does not seem to be.
Most of the info online appears to only be available by subscription to ichthyological journals:
- Martin Thoene
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If you're interested in learning more about this stuff in a readily understandable, non-scientific jargon kind of way, I can very highly recommend the book Fish Behaviour in the Aquarium & in the Wild by Stephan Reebs. This was originally published in 2001 by Comstock/Cornell Paperbacks ISBN- N-0-8014-8772-2
The book covers lots of stuff on sensory systems and other chapters give one a whole new understanding of why our fish exhibit certain behaviours.
http://www.gettextbooks.com/search/?isb ... 014-8772-2
Still, trying to give some input too, even if not read by myself yet.
I am also comparing the various patterns of the pores in the head, which are not the same on various botine loaches. Additional the shape and direction of the nares are finding my attention (what else?! )) )
A sensory organ of fishes which consists of a canal running along the side of the body and communicating via sensory pores through scales to the exterior; functions in perceiving low frequency vibrations and pressure differences in general.
perhaps looking on sites like those, finds something
this one has an English name, but appears German, they mean that some pores of the "lateral line" also appears on the head of fish. Nice diagramm though to look at like picture 3 ("Abb.3")
http://www.royal-flyfishing.com/cms/fro ... ?idcat=164
on cichlids, I saw a diagramm that pointed out about 8 different chanels on the head, which are connected to the channel of the lateral line.
THAT HERE SEEMS TO BE IT:
The laboratory fish
shoot, too much time spent again but found another great link, check this one out, shows very much detail, scroll down to see more excellent pictures.
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