BRAZIL: Rio Verde. Part 2

By Heiko Bleher

Hardly any river system on planet Earth hosts such a variety of natural aquatic habitats, so many different species of water plants and such a variety of freshwater fishes as the Rio Guaporé, a river that marks the border between Brazil and Boliva (where it is called Río Iténez) for more than 1,300 kilometres. The Portuguese Alexandre R. Ferreira (1756-1815) was the first naturalist to explore this unique river, followed by the Austrian Johann B. Natterer (1787-1843) and others, but it was the adventurous German woman, Amanda F. H. Bleher (1910-1991), who really opened this area up for the aquarium hobby worldwide. She discovered more than 60 new plant species here, and countless fishes, which today can be found in many aquaria around the globe

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