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Botia Berdmorei vs. Beauforti vs. Lucas Bahi

Posted By: Tim Gibson <funcrew@yahoo.com>
Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2001, at 2:38 p.m.

Are B. Berdmorei and B. Beauforti (and possibly B. Lucas Bahi from this website) the same species, or not? Internet sources disagree. Found some new photos at an Israeli site to fuel the controversy.

On-line sources say most photos labelled B. Berdmorei are actually B. Beauforti. This confuses me. My fish (now ailing) are a dead (no pun intended) ringer for the following photo of B. Berdmorei, in particuar the distinct dark vertical bands over small dots:

http://www.petking.co.il/AnimalsPhotos/FreshFish/botia_berdmorei.jpg

The following photo of B. Beauforti is very similar, but the bands are much less noticable. This looks less like my