AMAZONAS Magazine “FOSSIL FISHES” Inside Look!

27 May, 2021

AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 10, Number 4, FOSSIL FISHES, on sale June 1st. On the cover: Polypterus endlicherii (the saddled bichir) by Dany Kurniawan/Shutterstock
AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 10, Number 4, FOSSIL FISHES, on sale June 1st. On the cover: Polypterus endlicherii (the saddled bichir) by Dany Kurniawan/Shutterstock

The July/August 2021 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine is printed and arriving at the homes of magazine subscribers, local aquarium shops and better bookstores!

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The Table of Contents for the July/August 2021 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online!
The Table of Contents for the July/August 2021 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online!
"In this issue, we delve into keeping fossil fishes, including bichirs (Polypterus spp.), the African arowana (Heterotis niloticus), and even a species of snakehead (family Channidae). For those interested in killifish, cichlids, aquascapes and travel logs, keep reading for new information and photographs. Cheers!" - Courtney Tobler, Executive Editor
“In this issue, we delve into keeping fossil fishes, including bichirs (Polypterus spp.), the African arowana (Heterotis niloticus), and even a species of snakehead (family Channidae). For those interested in killifish, cichlids, aquascapes and travel logs, keep reading for new information and photographs. Cheers!” – Courtney Tobler, Executive Editor
Aquatic Notebook features shorter stories and articles of interest to freshwater aquarists. In this issue we showcase a new species of filament barb from the Western Ghats, and shown here, Steven Grant looks at his involvement in the taxonomic description of multiple Corydoras catfishes. Watch the AMAZONAS YouTube Channel for an exclusive video interview with Steven Grant to learn even more about this story!
Aquatic Notebook features shorter stories and articles of interest to freshwater aquarists. In this issue we showcase a new species of filament barb from the Western Ghats, and shown here, Steven Grant looks at his involvement in the taxonomic description of multiple Corydoras catfishes. Watch the AMAZONAS YouTube Channel for an exclusive video interview with Steven Grant to learn even more about this story!
Author of The Bichir Handbook, Joshua Pickett takes us on a journey into the deep past. Long before humans roamed the earth, there were bichirs…
Author of The Bichir Handbook, Joshua Pickett takes us on a journey into the deep past. Long before humans roamed the earth, there were bichirs…
Increasingly popular with aquarists, bichirs have unique personalities, anatomy, and history. South African author André Barnard shares his experience with keeping one of the most common bichirs in the hobby: the Senegal bichir (Polypterus senegalus).
Increasingly popular with aquarists, bichirs have unique personalities, anatomy, and history. South African author André Barnard shares his experience with keeping one of the most common bichirs in the hobby: the Senegal bichir (Polypterus senegalus).
Fossil records indicate that the ancestors of the African arowana (Heterotis niloticus) have changed little over the span of millions of years. Josh Pickett introduces us to the ancient Heterotis lineage and also provides important information on what it takes to maintain the fish in a home aquarium.
Fossil records indicate that the ancestors of the African arowana (Heterotis niloticus) have changed little over the span of millions of years. Josh Pickett introduces us to the ancient Heterotis lineage and also provides important information on what it takes to maintain the fish in a home aquarium.
Last year, prior to the global pandemic, author Wolfgang Staeck took part in an exciting, exploratory trip to Colombia in search of fish-friendly habitats. He describes each leg of his journey while providing an array of photographs from his time spent amongst characins, catfishes, cichlids, and more.
Last year, prior to the global pandemic, author Wolfgang Staeck took part in an exciting, exploratory trip to Colombia in search of fish-friendly habitats. He describes each leg of his journey while providing an array of photographs from his time spent amongst characins, catfishes, cichlids, and more.
Steve Waldron is passionate about the art and beauty of the naturalistic aquascape. He imagines the process of designing and building an aquascape as a river, and gives us a glimpse into his creative flow.
Gregory J. Niedzielski surveys the Aphysosemion calliurum species-group; it includes the widely known lyretail killi (A. australe), but it also contains nine other closely related, desirable species.
Gregory J. Niedzielski surveys the Aphysosemion calliurum species-group; it includes the widely known lyretail killi (A. australe), but it also contains nine other closely related, desirable species.
The U.S. bans the import and interstate transport of snakeheads (family Channidae) without a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but these fishes are popular aquarium residents in other parts of the world. German AMAZONAS editor Friedrich Bitter provides a glimpse of what it is like to keep and breed one such fish that is prohibited to aquarists on U.S. soils; Channa ornatipinnis, the ornate snakehead.
The U.S. bans the import and interstate transport of snakeheads (family Channidae) without a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but these fishes are popular aquarium residents in other parts of the world. German AMAZONAS editor Friedrich Bitter provides a glimpse of what it is like to keep and breed one such fish that is prohibited to aquarists on U.S. soils; Channa ornatipinnis, the ornate snakehead.
In 1996, author Uwe Werner traveled in the Brazilian federal state of Rondônia, where various cichlids of the demon eartheater (Satanoperca jurupari) species-complex live, sometimes together, in the Río Madeira drainage. Because he was able to bring back live specimens at that time, he is now able to report on one of these species, described as Satanoperca curupira in 2018.
In this edition of Notes from the Field, Hans-Georg Evers reminisces about a memorable trip with friends to the vicinity of Vang Vieng, Laos.
In this edition of Notes from the Field, Hans-Georg Evers reminisces about a memorable trip with friends to the vicinity of Vang Vieng, Laos.
The cartoon series Weird Waters is bound to make a splash amongst our youngest readers. Here, we continue our coverage of the species behind the magical freshwater fishes and provide a brief guide on what it takes to keep Melloo (an upside-down catfish) and Zinker (a glass catfish), two characters from the show, in your home aquarium.
Even as we see the light at the end of the tunnel, the COVID-19 pandemic still has a strong impact on aquarium-related gatherings. Event organizers, as you start to "reopen" your clubs and swaps, be sure to notify Janine Banks (janine.banks@aquaticmediapress.com) so we can return to normal and start sharing these gathering opportunities once more! View our events calendar online, anytime, for the most up-to-date information we have available, but remember, check with any event organizer directly to learn the status of their event.
Even as we see the light at the end of the tunnel, the COVID-19 pandemic still has a strong impact on aquarium-related gatherings. Event organizers, as you start to “reopen” your clubs and swaps, be sure to notify Janine Banks (janine.banks@aquaticmediapress.com) so we can return to normal and start sharing these gathering opportunities once more! View our events calendar online, anytime, for the most up-to-date information we have available, but remember, check with any event organizer directly to learn the status of their event.
As summer draws near and we tend to pay less attention to our aquariums, please take a moment to consider supporting your local fish shop! All the retailers listed in our SOURCES page carry single-copy issues of AMAZONAS (and they might even be a great source to obtain some harder-to-find back issues)! View this list online, now!
As summer draws near and we tend to pay less attention to our aquariums, please take a moment to consider supporting your local fish shop! All the retailers listed in our SOURCES page carry single-copy issues of AMAZONAS (and they might even be a great source to obtain some harder-to-find back issues)! View this list online, now!
Every issue of AMAZONAS draws to a close with a special column—Species Snapshots—concise glimpses at rare and unusual fishes showing up in the aquarium trade and hobbyist circles. In this issue, Friedrich Bitter introduces a unique ricefish, Oryzias sarasinorum, and we share a barb that comes along with an interesting history as told by Dr. Paul Loiselle; meet Pethia phutunio!

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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