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Kubotai? Maybe not...

Posted By: Mike Ophir <mophir@yahoo.com>
Date: Friday, 21 January 2005, at 3:36 p.m.

Hi all,

After reading and rereading Maurice Kottelat's paper describing Botia kubotai as a new species, as well as reading Nalbants response to this paper, I have become convinced that Kottelat's reasoning is wrong in proclaiming Botia kubotai as a distinct species. He says it is distinguished from all other species merely due to its color pattern. I have gathered various sources on color patterns and all seem to claim that color pattern should not be a determining factor in determining a species.
After all there are color morphs, regional variations, and subspecies.

Thus, I believe that Botia kubotai, based on personal observations of adults as well as juvenilies, is not a distinct species, but just a subspecies or color morph of Botia histrionica.

I have gathered some arguments and coherent reasonsing for my idea, and plan on writing an article about this.

I was wondering if the person who had photos which showed the growth of their baby "kubotai" to adulthood and its changes in coloration could email me?

I am very interested in this.

Best of regards,

Mike
 

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