CHINA: China’s fascinating cave fishes. Part 1

By Heiko Bleher

Blind cave fish and fish that live entirely or partially underground have fascinated me for many decades. In the aquarium hobby, we don’t know a lot about them, and until today only the Mexican blind cave tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, has successfully established itself and is also successfully bred around the world. Almost all the other 122 troglobite (blind) species are known only from scientific papers. Many of them belong to the order of catfish (21%), but most of them are to be found among the carp-like fishes, in the order Cypriniformes (around 52%). Among them, the genus Sinocyclocheilus is represented by the vast majority of species that occur exclusively in three provinces of China: Guangxi, Yunnan and Guizhou…

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