Hey Kruger and other SANParks Fans
I knew I was up for a challenge in calling people to post fish stories and photos. But I'm not gonna give up
. Thanks so far for the great stories by Wiltuinman and the incredible pic by Madach.
Now, I thought I'll try and wet your appetite and get your interest in the topic by telling you a little bit about a fascinating fish that occurs in the seasonal pans in the north-east parts of Kruger. It is called the Rainbow Killifish (Nothobranchius rachovii
), and to be deadly honest, there is still some doubt as to whether the fish in Kruger (which are darker in colour) are the same species as those found in Mozambique. These little fish are listed in the "Least Concern
" category in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but I haven't been able to find much on their exact and current status in Kruger. Attempts have been made in the past to translocate some of these fish to other pans in the park, but little seems to be known regarding their current status.
The fascinating thing about these fish are that they occur in temporary pans. They lay their eggs in the sediment and when the pan dries out they die. The eggs enter into a phase of suspended development and can lay dormant for a number of seasons before hatching, when the pans fill again
I may be locked up for posting a picture from the internet here, but even finding a picture of this fish (of the Kruger strain) is a challenge. And for those that thought we only have boring drab coloured fish in SA, look at this and tell me you won't be wondering if these little jewels are not perhaps swimming around when next you stop at a seasonal pan in Kruger.
Hopefully you've found this interesting enough to encourage you to post your fish related pics and stories here. I'll try and find out more about the status of these fish in Kruger and perhaps even push for a survey to be done at some stage.
Post Your Photo's with 3 or more species HERE