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Guenter Ellenberg

 

All translations into English by Matthias Naumann, Germany and Bill Kohler, Ohio-USA  

Allotoca meeki

 

Zoogoneticus diazi MEEK, 1902
Neoophorus diazi, HUBBS & TURNER, 1939
Neoophorus diazi diazi, BUEN, 1942

Family:
Goodeidae JORDAN, 1923.

Subfamily:
Goodeinae JORDAN, 1923.

Original description:
ALVAREZ, J. (1959): Contribución al Conocimiento del Genéro Neoophorus. Ciencia, Mex. 19 (1 - 3): pp. 13 - 22.

Derivation of the species name:
named meeki after Dr. S.E. MEEK, USA.

Type locality:
Lago Zirahuén, Michoacán, Mexico.

Meristic properties:
Dorsal fin = 16 - 19 rays;
Anal fin = 12 - 15 rays;
Pectoral fin = 13 - 15 rays.

This species was imported to Europe in 1982 by RADDA.

Allotoca meeki and Allotoca diazi (Text by JAN DE MOREE, Netherlands, 2001)

I have not managed to discover differences between the two species, yet. They are fairly robust fish having a length of about 10 centimetres (according to the original description even more). We could not find animals that were bigger than that neither in open nature nor in aquariums. The largest specimen we have seen at the University of Morelia, which is the case with other species as well.

We have collected Allotoca diazi in a small brook at Rancho El Molino, Allotoca meeki was found in Lake Opopeo. In this context one has to mention that here we are always dealing with small and endangered biotopes which can be destroyed within a day.

The pigmentation of the fish is a brownish grey with many thin dark stria. Being illuminated by the side, the fish display a metallic glitter. They are fast eaters.

 

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Literature of:

508-Kees de Jong

 

Allotoca meeki (Alvarez, 1959)

J. Alvarez (1959): Contribucion al conocimiento del genero Neoophorus. Ciencia (19): 13-22

I. Dibble (1999): Hobbyist Aqua Lab Conservation Group "Mexico" Dagboek over de voortgang Deel 1. Poecilia Nieuws (5): 105-110

I. Dibble (2008): Monterrey to Morelia, Mexico 2006. Livebearers (203): 12-25

K. de Jong (2003): Op zoek naar zwaarddragers Mexico 2002 (tweede deel). Poecilia Nieuws (5): 70-82
K. de Jong (2004): Auf der Suche nach den Schwertträgern Mexiko 2002 (Teil 2). Das Lebendgebärenden Magazin (1): 5-17

J. de Moree (2001): De Allotoca's. Poecilia Nieuws (1): 9-12

V. Peredo-Alvarez, S. Sarma & S. Nandini (2004): Studies on the functional responses of the Mexican live bearer fish Allotoca meeki. Advances in fish in wildlife ecology and biology (): 27-40