AMAZONAS Magazine “STELLAR STARGAZERS” Inside Look!
30 Mar, 2022
AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 11, Number 3, STELLAR STARGAZERS, on sale March 29th. On the cover: Astroblepus species from Peru. Photos: Anja Katzschmann & Norman Behr
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AMAZONAS Magazine Back Issue Shop. The Table of Contents for the May/June 2022 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online! We open with our Letter from the Editor, where Courtney Tobler introduces us to the waterfall climbing tendencies of these amazing stargazers, as well as some legislative threats to our hobby, which we detail more in the next story In this edition of Aquatic Notebook, we tackle the specifics of the Lacey Act Amendments in the America COMPETES Act and break down what this proposed legislation would mean for the pet industry and aquarium hobby if it were to be voted into law. We also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Greater City Aquarium Society of New York. Our first cover story from Norman Behr and Anja Katzschmann is all about the climbing catfishes of the genus Astroblepus, a name that directly translates to stargazer. Not only do they have very remote distributions, but they also have challenging ecological requirements. Anja Katzschmann and Norman Behr examine the conservation status of Astroblepus in the wild, and explain how habitat destruction, environmental pollution, and competition with invasive species endanger these unique fishes. How exactly do fishes climb? Norman Behr and Anja Katzschmann answer that question with a fascinating article discussing climbing as an adaptation to extreme habitats, with a focus on the genera Astroblepus, Cordylancistrus, and Beaufortia. We diverge from the catfish content and bring you a low-maintenance killifish from Colombia, a bright orange rivulid that’s extremely simple to keep. Florian Lahrmann offers a warm introduction to Laimosemion leticia. Wolfgang Staeck introduces the species and varieties of convict-type cichlids in the genus Amatitlania, including how to successfully keep and breed them. When extremely rare, endangered species are discovered or rediscovered, one might think that local and federal governments would do everything possible to ensure their protection. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, as author Víctor Manuel Ortiz Cruz found out in his native Mexico. Together with fellow campaigners, he established an initiative to promote the preservation of endemic Profundulus killifishes. Natasha Khardina shares the winning aquascapes of the 2021 BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Contest, providing an underwater glimpse of aquatic habitats from around the globe. See aquarium favorites in nature-like settings; no snorkel needed. The number of scientifically described species of the genus Badis has been steadily increasing. While most of the novel badids hail from India, B. pallidus resides further east in Bangledesh and has already found its way into the aquarium trade. Torsten Kortum shares his experience with this rare and beautiful badid. We hope you enjoy this truly informative piece from Friedrich Bitter about a very recognizable fish with a century-long aquarium career, the iconic harlequin rasbora, Trigonostigma heteromporha. Han-Georg Evers brings us more Notes from the Field, this time penning an article that takes us to the tropical island of Sulawesi, one of the biodiversity hotspots of our planet. Evers focuses on the unique discovery and troublesome plight of his namesake fish, Oryzias eversi, Evers’s ricefish. Courtney Tobler offers another installment of Keeping the Cast, our ongoing coverage of the cartoon series Weird Waters. In this issue, we have a look at the care requirements of Boom Boom Cheeser, the animated dragon blood peacock cichlid. The AMAZONAS Events Calendar once again has ACTUAL EVENTS to share! Event organizers, as you start to “reopen” your clubs and swaps, be sure to notify Janine Banks ( firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can return to normal and start sharing these gathering opportunities once more! While COVID appears to be on the decline, be sure to check with any event organizer directly to learn the status of their event. Keep a lookout for AMAZONAS at aquarium events around the U.S. this year, and please be sure to stop by and say hi! And be sure to check the online events calendar for the most current info, and events going beyond the current printed calendar! Check out Sources, our printed and online listing of local aquarium stores in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Sweden, where you can buy AMAZONAS right off the shelf. Rumor has it, they probably have fantastic aquatics departments considering they have great taste in aquarium literature! We close out each issue with Species Snapshots, a look at rare and unusual fishes showing up in the aquarium trade and hobbyist circles. In this issue, readers will enjoy three species reviews. Dr. Paul V. Loiselle examines the Vilmae tetra, Hyphessobrycon vilmae, and a glorious African killifish, Scriptaphyosemion guignardi. And, we let Joshua Wiegert have the final word with his insights into the mouth almighty, a freshwater ambush-predator cardinalfish known to science as Glossamia aprion.
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