Synonym(s). Helostoma temmincki Cuvier Taxonomic Notes: The taxonomic status of populations from parts of the species range require confirmation. Common name: Pink Kissing Gourami, Pink Gourami, Kissing Gourami. Scientific name: Helostoma Temminckii. Average Adult Fish Size: 12 inches / 30 cm. Helostoma temmincki or Helostoma temminckii. Common Names. Kissing fish, pink kissing gourami, green kisser. Family, Helostomatidae.

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The Sarawak population also appears to be helostma native with the species having been temminckii there during the s K. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with ‘species’ microformats.

A highly valued food fish, cultured in central Thailand. They often do in fact kill other fish by sucking the mucus off their skin temminvkii food, which opens the victim fish up to infections. A female starts mating and the male simultaneously shed the eggs and sperm to the outside. Sexual Dimorphism Adult females are rounder-bellied than males when full of eggs but otherwise there are no confirmed external differences.

In addition to sexual territoriality and competitionkissing gouramis will also fight to protect a feeding territory. Anabantoidei, Channoidei of Sumatra, Indonesia. Mouth detail; natural form.

Operculum and suboperculum with smooth posterior edge. Very common in the aquarium trade; Temmijckii quantities of small fish are exported for aquarium use in Japan, Europe, North America, Australia and other parts of the world. So-called due to its maze-like structure this organ allows the fish to breathe atmospheric air to a certain extent. The kissing gourami does not care for its young. The most distinctive feature of the kissing gourami is its mouth. Herbivore — Feed with vegetable flakes.


Helostoma temminkii can become the host tosome parasitic algal species.

Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Maximum Standard Length — mm. Eggs hatch in a day and fry become free-swimming 2 days after.

From the outset, it is probably wiser helosgoma include them in communities where they are actually one of the smaller species present. The intramandibular joint divides the jaw into two independent elements so that it increases the degrees of freedom and the potential number of ways of getting food.

Retrieved from ” https: These algae are able to survive under kissing gourami skin and look like color spots. Internationale Revue der gesamten Yemminckii und Hydrographie. Biting fish reach sexual maturity of three to five years.

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Zardoya, – Systematic Biology 55 3: Condition the two breeders for a couple of weeks with live or frozen brine shrimp and earthworms. Initial development is rapid: Please enter your password Forgotten your password? The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Suppl.

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The mouth, teeth, gills and especially the intramedibular joint described above make this fish a very well adapted species: Helostoma temminckii Cuvier, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology. Many of its habitats are subject to annual changes in water volume, turbidity and chemistry and it probably moves between permanent helotsoma and temporarily flooded areas during the wet season.


Utilized fresh for steaming, pan-frying, broiling and baking Ref.

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Occurs in lakes and rivers Ref. Male kissers will occasionally challenge each other; however, the “kissing” itself is never fatal, but the constant bullying can stress the other fish to death. As the fish do not build nests, lettuce leaves placed on the water surface serve as a spawning medium.

In captivity hellstoma in the wild the average lifespan is 5 to 7 years, but it is known that kissing gourami can live much longer.

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Kissing gouramis are also able to emit sounds to other individuals heloshoma their own specie through the movement of their teeth. Adult females are rounder-bellied than males when full of eggs but otherwise there are no confirmed external differences. Very popular with aquarists due to its habit of sucking its lips and kissing other fishes, plants te,minckii other objects Ref. Launch the Aquatic Species Distribution map viewer. Low vulnerability 16 of Spawning usually occurs under floating vegetation.

The black water environments are typically associated with ancient peat swamps meaning the water has a negligible dissolved mineral content and the pH can drop as low as 3.

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