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    Research Team Breeds Oriental Sweetlips

    Taiwan will soon be adding another ornamental fish, the Oriental Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus vittatus) to their fast growing list of marine species being bred in captivity. A research team led by Leu Ming-yih and part of the National Museum of Marine Biology and Fish Reproduction and Larviculture Laboratory started the project 5 years ago with 3 wild […]

    Plectorhinchus vittatus

    Taiwan will soon be adding another ornamental fish, the Oriental Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus vittatus) to their fast growing list of marine species being bred in captivity. A research team led by Leu Ming-yih and part of the National Museum of Marine Biology and Fish Reproduction and Larviculture Laboratory started the project 5 years ago with 3 wild specimens that were collected. Fast forward to present and the life cycle of P. vittatus has nearly been seen full circle as the team has been able to observe the larval growth of their 108-day old fry that measure in at 5cm.

    Plectorhinchus vittatus is prized as both an eating fish and by large aquarium enthusiasts for its size and colors. It has a wide range from the Indo-Pacific, including Taiwan all the way west to the Indian Ocean and New Caledonia. More information on this feat will be published in the journal Aquaculture, in the near future.

    [via : eTaiwan News]

    [cover photo : easyrab]

    One Comment

    1. Nicholas Sadaka
      July 30, 2009 at 2:42 PM | Permalink

      Fantastic and boy, what an absolutely beautiful fish. It’s not that I haven’t seen them before, but that picture just reminds me of how stunning and almost neon they are. It’s great though-congrats to them and keep on adding to that list and maybe our hobby really will have a future!!!

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