Have You seen THAT: http://www.aquarium-glaser.de/en/news.php?news_id=1565 ?
What a stunning loach! Some say that it can be Y. lecontei. I'm not pretty sure. Yep - the stripes can suggest lecontei - but they usually have a greenish-greyish shade of it. Those have a golden shade! Only here, on photo no.4 we can see something similar to those mysterious loaches: http://ffish.asia/?p=none&o=ss&id=647
Of course stripes can suggest also skunks or Y. longidorsalis (maybe it can be this rare species?).
Generally for me the front part of their body is too massive to be a typical lecontei - it's just more similar to skunks.
From the other hand the golden shine looks like as straightly taken out from Y. splendida But the dorsal fin of splendidas is located more in the back of the body. Those species (as lecontei do!) have base of the dorsal fin almost exactly in the middle of their standard body length.
It's a pity that we'll probably lose an opportunity to follow a growth of those loaches (as it was with laos tigers)
I've just received those mystery loaches About one week ago.
Now they are in quarantine tank. Still shy and they are hiding. They eat well, but especially in the night, however i see the more and more activity in the day.
Please check out the photos:
One with darker coloration:
This one seems to have "tall" body, but some of them are more elongated like typical lecontei
On those two photos I was trying to show the coloration od the dorsal (and a little bit on a caudal) fin. It has clear dark markings on it.
Sorry for poor quality of the photos - I haven't got a good equipment to take photos, and this tank has only the natural light, because it is standing near the window.
The thing is to identify which species of Yasuhikotakia genus but it will take some time to observe how they will change during growth
Sorry - I don't know why the photos are cutted. But do the right-click, copy address of the picture, then paste and You get the full size.
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