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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:12 pm Post subject: The Courtallam Reply with quote

 Was  on  an  official  trip  to  a  town  called  Kovilaptti  in  the  southern  part  of  Tamil  Nadu  in  the  last  week  of  January.  Carried  a  coupla  seines  as  it  has  become  a  habit.  Got  off  early  one  day  and  travelled  around  and  hour  and  a  half  to  the  town  of  Courtallam  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtallam.  
 
 It  is  a  very  famous  waterfall  known  for  its  therapeutic  abilities.  I  had  my  own  therapy  planned.  A  1  litre  bottle  of  Famous  Grouse  tucked  away  in  my  bag.  Need  I  say  more???
 
 
 While  my  colleagues  went  for  therapy  (read  oil  bath),  I  went  ahead  collecting  a  bit  away  from  here.  I  cant  stand  the  sight  of  oil  for  some  strange  reasong.  Too  icky  and  slimy.  Handling  eels  is  a  joy  compared  to  handling  oil  to  me.
 
 The  spot  was  definitely  among  the  most  polluted  places  I  have  collected  in  ever.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The  spot.
 
 
 
 
 This  is  what  the  seine  looked  like  after  most  of  the  swipes.  A  Rasbora  Sp  (caverii  I  think)  was  found  in  abundance  here.  Each  dip  bought  out  atleast  a  dozen  of  'em.
 
 The  more  interesting  fish  collected  here  were  :  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The  largest  Mesonemacheilus  triangularis  I  have  ever  collected.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 A  few  Puntius  sophore.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Puntius  dorsalis.  The  dorsal  spot  is  supposed  to  be  placed  around  the  first  2  rays  as  is  the  case  here.
 
 
 
 
 
 This  one  had  the  spot  posteriorly  placed.  Dono  if  it  means  anything  significant.  Been  told  its  normal.
 
 
 
 
 
 Garra  Sp.
 
 
 Thats  was  it.  Zero  cats.   Sad   
 
 
 Resigned  to  my  fate,  I  packed  the  fish  and  left  to  my  hotel  room.  Just  me,  my  television  and  Famous  Grouse.
 
 Thanks  to  Prasoon  for   letting  me  steal  his  camera  for  the  trip.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:43 pm Post subject: Re: The Courtallam Reply with quote

 Nice  writup  Thumb Up   was  waiting  for  it  to  come.
 
 The  person  most  profitted  by  this  trip  was  me................I  got  all  the  barbs  Chuckle  a  few  loaches  and  garras  too.
 
 Thanks  Balaji  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:54 pm Post subject: Re: The Courtallam Reply with quote

                                                   
Marc  wrote  (View  Post):                
Nice  writup  Thumb Up   was  waiting  for  it  to  come.
 
 The  person  most  profitted  by  this  trip  was  me................I  got  all  the  barbs  Chuckle  a  few  loaches  and  garras  too.
 
 Thanks  Balaji  Thumb Up                

 Very  nice  profession  you  have  there  Very Happy  very  lucky  person  you  are.  Thumb Up  
 
 
 Catman!  Thanks  for  the  pics.  ATB  for  next  trips'  -better  cats.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:59 pm Post subject: Re: The Courtallam Reply with quote

                                                   
saikumar  wrote  (View  Post):                
Very  nice  profession  you  have  there  Very Happy  very  lucky  person  you  are.  Thumb Up  
                 

 
 Lucky....  I  sure  am  with  IAH  guys  showering  me  with  goodies  each  time  they  hit  the  road.
 
 Am  no  professional..............jus  an  amateur  hoping  to  make  it  a  profession  some  day  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:05 pm Post subject: Re: The Courtallam Reply with quote

 Nice  Thumb Up  lovely  M.triangularis  and  P.sophore
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:30 pm Post subject: Re: The Courtallam Reply with quote

 Very  nicely  done
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:46 pm Post subject: Re: The Courtallam Reply with quote

 The  moment  I  saw  a  Coutralam  from  you,  I  was  hoping  to  see  something  from  Chennai.   Chuckle
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 Couple  triangularis  to  spare?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:02 pm Post subject: Re: The Courtallam Reply with quote

 Hey  Shankar
 How  many  tanks  do  you  have,  you  seem  to  be  on  a  collecting  spree  Smile  
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:02 pm Post subject: Re: The Courtallam Reply with quote

 Thanks  all.
 
 
                                                 
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Couple  triangularis  to  spare?                

 
 Dropped  'em  into  the  tank  only  today.   Cheer Up  
 
 I  can  definitely  spare  a  couple.  Gimme  a  few  days.  Broke  most  of  my  spine  trying  to  relocate  loaches  today.Will  catch  'em  again.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:19 pm Post subject: Re: The Courtallam Reply with quote

 
 
 
 
 
 Notice  the  difference  in  the  slope  of  the  head???Mean  anything???
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 They  are  two  differnet  species.......The  first  one  is  a  P.  dorsalis  and  the  second  one  is  a  P.  sophore  or  a  P.  chola.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:50 pm Post subject: Re: The Courtallam Reply with quote

 Puntius  Dorsalis   ROFL  fantastic  pics   Cheering  sorry  if  I  seem  a  little  excited  but  they  are  beautiful  !
 
 A  long  time  ago  P  .kelumi  from  Srilanka  used  to  be  sold  as  P.dorsalis  ,  but  every  now  and  then  you  would  find  the  odd  true  Dorsalis  amongst  them  ,  or  at  least  what  Pethyagoda  claimed  were  Dorsalis  in  his  book  ?
 
 In  fairness  these  in  the  pics  here  look  a  little  different  ,  but  could  this  be  a  case  of  regional  varience  ?
 
 Shovelnose  ,  are  they  rare  or  plentiful  ?  thanks  for  posting   Thumbs Up
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 Hi  Andy,
 
 I  will  let  Balaji  comment  on  his  collection  experience  of  the  Puntius  dorsalis  but  in  my  recent  collections  I  have  come  across  a  lot  of  them.  Plentiful  is  what  I  would  say.  But  I  was  collecting  in  Karnataka.
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Puntius  Dorsalis   ROFL   Cheering  
 Shovelnose  ,  are  they  rare  or  plentiful  ?  thanks  for  posting   Thumbs Up                

 
 My  experience  is  the  same  as  Nikhil's  Andy.  Good  numbers  around.  I  find  it  to  be  a  lovely  looking  barb.
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