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This page will give a completely detailed profile of the selected fish, from A to Z. The profiled fish will be chosen randomly by Badman, and will come from the complete genre of tropical fish. New profiles are added on a regular basis. If you would like to submit a profile for the site please contact me. Don't forget to let us know you experiences with this fish by filling out the


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 Snakeskin Barb

Snakeskin Barb


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    Some notes on the Profiles:

  • Common name: This is the name usually used in the aquarium trade Many species go by a number of common names. Use the scientific name as the final guide to identifying your fish.
  • Scientific name: All fish are assigned a two-part scientific name. As the relationships between species are revised, new scientific names are sometimes assigned. The scientific names used for each species were correct at the time of writing, but are may not be the most current.
  • Fish Size: Almost all the sizes quoted come from the fishbase site (www.fishbase.org), this is the best referance available.
  • Use the fishbase: site (www.fishbase.org) to find the current valid scientific name of a species. Where the scientific name has changed recently, or where an incorrect synonym is still in common use, this synonym is provided in brackets

Profiled Fish

Alphabetical Order / Family Order, Common Name / Family Order, Scientific Name
Cichlids - New world
Common
Scientific
Angelfish Pterophyllum scalare
Banded Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma bitaeniata
Blue Acara Aequidens pulcher
Blue Cheek Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma eunotus
Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma cacatuoides
Convict Amatitlania (Archocentrus) nigrofasciata
Discus Symphysodon aequifasciata
Eartheater Satanoperca jurupari
Festivum Mesonauta festivus
Firemouth Thorichthys (Cichlasoma) meeki
Flower Horn Fish Hybrid species
Green Terror Aequidens rivulatus
Jack Dempsey Rocio octofasciata,(Cichlasoma octofasciatum)
Keyhole Cichlid Cleithracara maronii
Oscar Astronotus ocellatus
Panda Cichlid, Nijssen's Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma nijsseni
Rainbow Cichlid Herotilapia Multispinosa
Ram Mikrogeophagus ramirezi
Red Devil Amphilophus labiatum
Red Striped Eartheater Geophagus surinamensis
Three-Striped Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma trifasciata
Two-Stripe Apisto Apistogramma bitaeniata
Severum Heros efasciatus
Uaru Uaru amphiacanthoides
Umbrella Cichlid Apistogramma Borelli

Cichlids - African
Common
Scientific
Auratus Melanochromis auratus
Caudopunctatus Neolamprologus caudopunctatus
Christmas Fulu Cichlid Xystichromis phytophagus
Electric Blue Maingano Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos
Electric Yellow Labidochromis Labidochromis caeruleus
Fairy Cichlid Neolamprologus brichardi
Frontosa Cyphotilapia frontosa
Giraffe Cichlid Nimbochromis venustus
Kribensis Pelvicachromis pulcher
Pseudotropheus Ornatus Pseudotropheus elongatus-ornatus
Redfin Kandango Copadichromis borleyi
Sunshine Peacock Aulonocara baenschi
Zebra Cichlid Metriaclima callainos (Maylandia zebra)

 

Livebearers
Common
Scientific
Black Molly (and other mollies) Poecilia latipinna, Poecilia sphenops
Elegant poeciliid, Tiger Teddy Neoheterandria elegans
Guppy Poecilia reticulata
Metallic Livebearer, Metallic Topminnow Girardinus metallicus
Para Molly Poecilia parae
Platy Xiphophorus maculatus
Swordtail Xiphophorus hellerii
Tequila fish, Tequila Splitfin Zoogoneticus tequila
Wrestling Halfbeak Dermogenys pusilla

 

Tetras (Characoidei)
Common
Scientific
Anostomus Anostomus anostomus
Banded Leporinus Leporinus fasciatus
Black-Finned Pacu Colossoma macropomum
Black Neon Tetra Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Black Phantom Tetra Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
Blackskirt (Goldskirt) Tetra Gymnocorymbus ternetzi
Bleeding Heart Tetra Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma
Cardinal Tetra Paracheirodon axelrodi
Congo Tetra Phenacogrammus interruptus
Diamond Tetra Moenkhausia pittieri
Emperor Tetra Nematobrycon palmeri
Glass Bloodfin Tetra Prionobrama filigera
Glowlight Tetra Hemigrammus erthrozonus
Green Fire Tetra Aphyocharax rathbuni
Lemon Tetra Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
Marbled Hatchet Carnegiella strigata
Neon Tetra Paracheirodon innesi
Penguin Fish Thayeria boehlkei
Pinktail Chalceus Chalceus macrolepidotus
Pristella Tetra Pristella maxillaris
Red-Bellied Piranha Pygocentrus nattereri
Red Phantom Tetra Hyphessobrycon sweglesi
Rummy Nose Tetra Hemigrammus rhodostomus
Serpae Tetra Hyphessobrycon serpae
Silver Dollar Metynnis argenteus
Silver Hatchet Gasteropelecus sternicla
Silver-tipped Tetra Hasemania nana
Slender Tetra Iguanodectes spilurus

 

Barbs, Danios and Rasbora (Cyprinids)
Common
Scientific
American Flag Fish Jordanella floridae
Arulius Barb Puntius arulius
Asian Rummynose Sawbwa resplendens
Bala Shark Balantiocheilos melanopterus
Celestial Pearl Danio Danio margaritatus (Celestichthys margaritatus)
Chinese Algae Eater Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
Denison Barb, Red Line Torpedo Barb Puntius denisoni
Dwarf Rasbora Boraras maculatus
Emerald Dwarf Rasbora Danio erythromicron (Microrasbora erythromicron)
Filament Barb Puntius filamentosus
Galaxy Rasbora Danio margaritatus (Celestichthys margaritatus)
Glofish Danio rerio
Glowlight Rasbora, Hengel Rasbora. Trigonostigma hengeli
Harlequin Rasbora Trigonostigma heteromorpha
Orangefin Barb, Orange-fin Barb Barbus eutaenia
Red-Finned Shark (Rainbow Shark) Epalzeorhynchos frenatum
Red-Tailed Black Shark Epalzeorhynchos bicolor
Rhomb Barb, Rhombo Barb, Round-Banded Barb, Snakeskin Barb. Puntius rhomboocellatus
Rosy Barb Puntius conchonius
Siamese Algae Eater Crossocheilus siamensis
Striped Barb Puntius johorensis
Tee Barb Puntius lateristriga
Tiger Barb Puntius tetrazona
White Cloud Tanichthys albonubes
Zebra Danio Danio rerio

 

Anabantids
Common
Scientific
Banded Gourami Colisa fasciata
Betta Betta splendens
Dwarf Gourami Colisa lalia
Honey Gourami Colisa chuna, Colisa sota
Kissing Gourami Helostoma temmincki
Opaline Gourami Trichogaster trichopterus
Paradise Fish Macropodus opercularis
Pearl Gourami Trichogaster leeri
Sparkling Gourami Trichopsis pumila
Spotted Climbing Perch Ctenopoma acutirostre

 

Loach
Common
Scientific
Angelicus Botia Loach Botia kubotai
Blue Loach Botia modesta
Burmese Border Loach Schistura mahnerti
Butterfly Hillstream Loach Beaufortia kweichowensis
Chain Loach Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki
Cheni Loach Psuedogastromyzon cheni
Clown loach Chromobotia macracanthus
Dojo, Weather Loach Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
Horsefaced Loach Acanthopsis choirorhynchus
Hovering Zebra Loach Yunnanilus cruciatus
Kuhli Loach Pangio kuhlii
Mottled Loach Yunnanilus cruciatus
Vietnamese Multi Banded Zebra Loach Yunnanilus cruciatus
Yo yo loach Botia almorhae
Zebra Loach Botia striata
Zipper Loach Acanthocobitis botia

 

Rainbows and similar species
Common
Scientific
Axelrodi Rainbow Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi
Boesemani Rainbowfish Melanotaenia boesemani
Celebes Rainbow Marosatherina ladigesi
Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish Melanotaenia praecox
Dwarf Rainbow Melanotaenia maccullochi
Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish (Turquoise Rainbow) Melanotaenia lacustris
Madagascan Rainbow Bedotia geayi
Red Irian Rainbowfish Glossolepis incisus
Spotted Blue-eye Pseudomugil gertrudae
Threadfin Rainbowfish Iriatherina werneri

 

Catfish- common terms
Common
Scientific
Adolph's Cory Corydoras adolfoi
Anchor Catfish, Asian Moth Catfish, Asian Stone Cat, Mini Moth Catfish Hara jerdoni
Big-nosed Upside Down Catfish, Bugeye Squeaker, Bug Eyed Squeaker Synodontis contractus
Bronze Catfish Corydoras aeneus
Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus
Chinese Algae Eater Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
Columbian Shark Sciades seemanni (Arius seemani)
Cuckoo Catfish Synodontis multipunctata
Domino Synodontis, Domino Syno, Onespot Squeaker, One-spot Synodontis Synodontis notata
Electric Catfish Malapterurus electricus
Farlowella Cats Farlowella acus (SP)
Featherfin Squeaker Synodontis euptera
Giant Black Upside Down Asian Catfish Mystus leucophasis
Hognosed Brochis, Brochis Cory Cat Brochis multiradiatus
Jaguar Catfish Liosomadoras oncinus
Knob Nose Whiptail Catfish, Pinocchio Whiptail Catfish Hemiodontichthys acipenserinus
Mees' Pimelodid Brachyrhamdia meesi
Oto Cat Otocinclus sp.
Panda Cory Corydoras panda
Pictus Cat Pimelodus pictus
Pygmy Cory Corydoras Pygmaeus
Skunk Cory Corydoras arcuatus
Sudan Squeaker Synodontis frontosus
Sun Catfish Horabagrus brachysoma

 

Catfish- Pleco types- common terms
Common
Scientific
Adonis - L155 Pleco Acanthicus adonis
Bristlenose Pleco Ancistrus temminckii
Clown Pleco Panaque maccus ( Panaque maccus )
Common Pleco Hypostomus plecostomus
Gold Nugget Pleco Baryancistrus sp., L177, L081, L018/85
Green Phantom Pleco Hemiancistrus subviridis (L200)
Magnum Pleco Baryancistrus sp. (L047)
Mustard Spot Pleco, LDA031, Orange Spot Pleco Panaqolus albomaculatus ( Panaque albomaculatus )
Red Fin Dwarf Pleco Parotocinclus maculicauda
Sailfin Pleco Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps (L083 & L165)
Snowball Pleco Baryancistrus sp.(L142)

 

Miscellaneous species and Inverts
Common
Scientific
African Clawed Frog Xenopus laevis, etc.
African Dwarf Frog Hymenochirus Sp.
Ajolote, Axolotl, Mexican Salamander, Mudpuppy Ambystoma mexicanum
Amano Algae Eating Shrimp Caridina multidentata (Caridina japonica)
American Flag Fish Jordanella floridae
Anableps Anableps anableps
Apple Snail Pomacea bridgesii
Archer Fish Toxotes jaculatrix
Arowana Osteoglossum bicirrhosum
Badis Badis Badis badis
Black Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Black Ghost Knife Apteronotus albifrons
Blue Green Lampeye, Bluegreen Lampeye Procatopus aberrans
Bumble Bee Goby Brachygobius xanthozona
Butterfly Fish Pantodon buchholzi
Cherry Red Shrimp Neocaridina denticulata sinensis?
Clown-Knife Fish Chitala chitala
Dragon Goby, Dragon Fish Gobioides broussonnetii
Dwarf Puffer Carinotetraodon travancoricus
Elephantnose Gnathonemus petersi
Fahaka Puffer Tetraodon lineatus
Fire Eel Mastacembelus erythrotaenia
Four-Eyed Fish Anableps anableps
Ghost Shrimp Palaeomonetes species
Green Puffer Tetraodon nigroviridis
Jardini Arowana Scleropages jardini
Knight Goby Stigmatogobius sadanundio
Limpit Fish Humanicus fishicus strangeicus
Mbu Puffer Tetraodon mbu
Mono, Silver Mono, Silver Moonfish, Silver Moony Puffer Monodactylus argenteus
Mudskipper Periophthalmus argentilineatus
Peacock Gudgeon Tateurndina ocellicauda
Rainbow Snakehead, Asiatic Snakehead, Smooth-Breasted Snakehead Channa bleheri
Red Claw Crab Perisesarma bidens
Reedfish / Ropefish Erpetoichthys calabaricus
Scat Scatophagus argus
Senegal (Cuvier) Bichir Polypterus senegalus
Tire-Track Eel Mastacembelus armatus

 

 

 

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