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

Skiffia

MEEK, 1902

The genus Skiffia consists of 4 (or 5?) species.
These are attractive, small and peaceful species of Goodeids that do not give the hobbyist big problems with the exception Skiffia lermae (which requires cool water). Temperatures between 18 °C and 26 °C are tolerated and breeding of these fish is without problems.
Even a hybrid ("Black Beauty") between Skiffia mulitpunctata and Skiffia francesae has been bred. Indeed, it is visually a very attractive Goodeid hybrid, but maintaining pedigree should still always be the main target.
Shortly before giving birth to their young, pregnant females have very extended round bellies.
Skiffia can be distinguished from all other Goodeids by the fact that the back edge of the dorsal fin of the males is formed irregularly leading to the name "Sawfin Goodeid”.

 

509-Skiffa 01 Trophotaenien
Typical Skiffia trophotaenia