Discovery of Channa bleheri

By Heiko Bleher

…We passed endless tea plantations and shy Assamese women picking the leaves. Kilometres before our destination we walked the rest of the away and then paddled up the river. Only late, just before sunset, did we reach the upper Dibru.

Only late, just before sunset, did we reach the upper Dibru. While polling the net in a beel (Indian word for almost dry riverbeds), we had a magnificent view of the white, snow-capped Himalayas changing from fire red to a golden yellow and finally into a soft blue and silvery gray. It made me realize how close I was to the top of the world! I suddenly felt something very special before the total darkness of this moonless night…..

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