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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 11:02 pm Post subject: Heiko's Malasia Expedition & Other updates Reply with quote

 'Heiko's  Email  for  IAH  Website'  -  
 
 Heiko  Should  be  here  at  the  Pet  Fair  in  Feb  2007  in  New  Delhi.  If  you  have  any  questions  for  him  or  his  Discus  book  please  post.
 
 Regards  
 
 Sujoy
 
 
 
 Dear  all  great  guys  of  this  beautiful  IAH  websites,
 
 first  of  all  I  wiosh  you  all:  a  very,  very,  healthy  and  happy  new  year,  
 full  of  peace  and  love  and  also  (naturally)  nice  fishes...
 
 I  was  on  Dear  all  great  guys  of  this  beautiful  IAH  websites,
 
 first  of  all  I  wiosh  you  all:  a  very,  very,  healthy  and  happy  new  year,  
 full  of  peace  and  love  and  also  (naturally)  nice  fishes...
 
 I  was  on  expedition  again  (Malaysia)  and  found  some  great  halfbeaks,  a  
 very  unusual  Glyptothorax  species,  and  some  barbs  (mainly  P.  
 lateristriga  and  one  with  red  stripes,  unknown  to  me)  and  I  discovered  
 something  unusual  in  behaviour  in  Channa  species  there:  They  had  made  
 there  nest  in  a  whole  of  a  tree-trunk  under  water  and  all  the  hundreds  
 of  babies  lived  there  until  the  size  of  almost  5  inches.  I  had  in  my  
 handnet  a  scoop  of  more  than  100  babies...
 Anyhow,  I  did  discover  this  in  the  (practically)  last  part  of  virgin  
 rain  forest  in  the  Malay  peninsula,  as  all  the  rest  â€“  wherever  I  
 traveled  â€“  was  only  palm  oil  and  rubber  tree  plantations,  as  far  as  
 one  could  see  and  all  habitats  destroyed.  And  the  Minister  of  Fisheries  of  
 Malaysia,  who  had  asked  for  my  new  book,  and  was  very  pleased  (and  
 surprised  about  its  contents),  said  in  his  speach  (the  opening  ceremony  
 of  the  AQUAFAIR  2006,  in  which  I  had  been  invited  to  hold  lectures  and  
 judge  fishes):  "We  must  preserve  now  what  we  have,  although  I  know  that  
 progress  can  not  be  stopped  and  you  all,  the  aquarists,  can  help..."  
 Very  true.
 
 Now  guys  I  have  read  your  comments  on  my  Amazon  trip  and  I  can  only  
 offer  you  all,  that  next  year,  if  anyone  wants,  can  come  along.  I  go  
 again  (as  always)  into  a  remotre  â€“  unexplored  â€“  area.  But  I  can  
 take  
 maximum  9-10  persons.  It  should  be  in  the  dry  month  of  October.
 
 With  regards  to  my  Indian  journey  in  February,  I  can  only  tell  you  
 again,  what  I  always  explain:  I  never  go  into  the  "blue"  collecting,  
 anywhere.  I  know  the  area  I  want  to  do  research  is  quite  well  known,  
 but  I  try  to  collect  life  specimens  no  one  collects  (and  often  I  
 collect  fishes  which  have  been  described,  but  no  one  even  knows  how  
 they  look  like,  as  there  are  only  preserved  specimens  in  the  
 museums...this  way  I  have  introduced  hundreds  into  the  hobby,  many  
 which  today  are  extinct  in  nature  â€“  my  last  account  comes  to  more  
 than  
 3,000  â€“  different  species...  ).  In  addition,  I  collect  in  spots,  were  
 most  people  do  not  collect  (do  not  dare  to  go,  or  enter),  which  has  
 resulted  in  many  discoveries  as  well.  I  one  simple  example:  On  the  
 island  of  New  Caledonia  is  the  French  research  institution  worldwide  
 known,  called  ORSTOM.  They  have  worked  for  over  30  years  on  the  
 freshwater  founa  of  that  (realatively  small)  island  and  listed  around  
 80  freshwater  fish  species.  A  crew  of  on  and  off,  around  40  people.  I  
 was  there  only  once,  and  only  for  4  days.  In  these  I  discovered  a  new  
 goby  species  (already  described  by  now)  and  I  collected  for  the  fiorst  
 time  a  new  atherinid  genus  and  species  â€“  unknown  to  the  world  â€“  not  
 very  far  from  the  airport...This  new  genus  is  being  described  now  in  
 Australia...  That  is  how  well  research  is  often  done...
 So  my  scope  is  twofold,  specially  in  known  areas.
 
 You  all  know  (I  think)  that  a  similar  situatiopn  happend  with  Channa  
 bleheri,  which  you  all  have  on  the  head  of  your  page.  I  found  it  in  a  
 well  known  Indian  area...  But  simply  because  it  is  a  dwarf  species  (and  
 not  many  Channa  species  stay  small),  it  had  been  overlooked  all  the  
 time.  Even  the  natives  tried  to  tell  me,  that  it  will  grow  large  and  is  
 that  and  than  species....  (it  happened  to  me  in  many  places  around  the  
 globe).
 
 I  hope  that  answers  some  of  your  concerns  and  questions.  And  I  see  
 forward  to  meet  some  of  you  guys  soon,  and  maybe  some  will  read  my  
 book,  to  better  understand  what  I  have  always  (at  least  since  I  was  4,  
 in  the  jungle  of  Equatorial  Guinea  with  my  mother)  been  up  to...
 
 Always
 Heiko
 
 
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