Hyperolius fusciventris ranges throughout Middle and West Africa, and occurs and Sierre Leone, Guinea, Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, and Cameroon. The ‘burtoni’ type occurs from Ghana to Nigeria. I got these frogs in 2013 or so, for a sad $7 each from an importer. They arrived in the dead of winter to me in Rochester NY, and one was DOA. Speaking to the importer prior that week, they mentioned they had just gotten them in. So, […]
A dwarf Begonia from Western Africa, this rhizomatous species only grows to about 3-4 inches. It has striking red leaf venation that looks especially pretty with a cast of sunlight from behind. It’s a thick venation, bright red, against lime green leaves. The edges of the leaf are covered in small hairs and have micro-undulations. Flowers are a bright yellow. It can be slow to establish. The plant below is living in a terrarium for Heterixalus madagascariensis in 100% unfired infield […]
This lovely Begonia has tiny leaves and a pretty ruby stem. The leaves stay around 1/4-1/2 inch long. This particular clone is from the Crystal Mountains in Gabon. The leaves are nicely serrated and the leaf edges have a very subtle pink lining to them. It is a hardy Begonia, but is slow to acclimate, and even when acclimated, a very slow grower.
The name is just a guess and is being used as a placeholder until a more suitable one transpires! This Begonia is small and slow growing, and develops intense red mottling in bright light, and is a more subdued green in lower light with red leaf edging.
In 2005, a stop at a drainage canal to get my bearings turned out to be the most interesting observation spot on the road leading South from Lambarene. Looking for streams in the area proved to be very unsuccessful, as not a single one crossed the road. Sitting by this drainage canal, I was convinced that I had gone too far south. All the literature on the lampeye Plataplochilus miltotaenia stated the location as Lambarene. While deciding what to do next, some movement in the water caught my […]
Here is a species that takes me all the way back to my earliest days keeping killifish. This species along with Aphyosemion australe and Aphyosemion gardneri (at the time), were the very first killies that I worked with. I suspect this was the case for many killie keepers from that time period. It was a time when a rack filled with one gallon glass mayonaisse jars looked fantastic! 🙂 These species taught me the basics of keeping this special family of fish. It’s funny to think back and […]
I was not sure if these two photos were worth posting here, but since they are of two such rarely seen fish I decided to go ahead. I remember seeing the line drawings of these two species from the Congo in Jacques Gery’s Characoids Of The World which was published in 1977. It was still a relatively new book at the time. I was smitten, especially with the species lootensi. Although illustrated in black and white, the shape of the body […]