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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Large quantities of small fish are exported for aquarium use in Japan, Europe, North America, Australia and other parts of the world Ref. Very popular with aquarists due to its habit of sucking its lips and kissing other fishes, plants and other objects Ref. So-called due to its maze-like structure this organ allows the fish to breathe atmospheric air to a helostoa extent.

Like others in the suborder Anabantoidei this temminckkii possesses an accessory breathing organ known as the labyrinth. Entered by Luna, Susan M. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with ‘species’ microformats. Widjanarti, – Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement However, it was redescribed in more detail two helostmoa later by the same author Cuvierwho reported that the original spelling was incorrect and that the corrected spelling was temminckii.

The aquarium’s back glass should not be cleaned during regular maintenance, as the gouramis will feed on the algae grown there. This articulation, although its mechanism and anatomy are still being studied in a hurry, results in an adaptation of Helodoma temminkii and its feeding. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This species exhibits a preference for slow-moving or standing waters including floodplain lakes, oxbows, backwaters and swamps, and is particularly associated with black and clear water habitats around beds of submerged vegetation.

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Anal fin about 16 spines and 12 branched rays.

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Pink Kissing Gourami — Helostoma Temminckii. Kissing gourami, Helostoma temminckii. This species is a highly-specialised, microphagous filter -feeder and possesses very fine gill rakers as well as modified structures on the gill arches to aid in this process. Overall their personality can be variable, some peaceful, others truly aggressive, and in temmminckii authors opinion they are oversold as suitable for community. In addition to sexual territoriality and competitionkissing gouramis will also fight to protect a feeding territory.

Kissing Gourami

Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. Their famed kissing is in actual fact no way cute, or actually kissing, it is a most serious battle of liplocking temmindkii to the fighting practiced by so many cichlids, and over a period of days or weeksif the combatants are not seperated it can lead the the death if at least one of them. Internationale Revue der gesamten Hydrobiologie und Hydrographie. Occurs in lakes and rivers Ref.

If is associated with an Alamy account you’ll receive ttemminckii email with instructions on how to reset your password. These adaptations also mean it must not be offered very large food items as it cannot crush and swallow them.

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Continue Cancel Send email OK. Cannot temmiinckii determined from external features. For example in the Batang river Kerang floodplain, southern Sarawak, H. The tank should be about two-thirds full of water, and have plenty of floating plants. 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.

Females release an average of eggs. Initial development is rapid: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This one is from Thailand. The extent to which the above range has been modified and extended by humans is unclear.


Utilized fresh for steaming, pan-frying, helostom and baking Ref. Many end up in species tanks with a compatible mate out of necessity, or moved to midsize cichlid communities in larger bodies of water where they represent a less significant danger to other fish. 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.

This type of joint is also present in other species of fish that feed on nutrients attached to the substrate. Eggs hatch in a day and fry become free-swimming 2 days after.

Kissing gourami – Wikipedia

Subadult of pink form. Fish Plants Shrimp Snails Frogs.

Sign our Guest Book. World Wide Web electronic publication. It is important to emphasize the particularity temminckij this species has in its mouth: The fishes of the inland waters of Southeast Asia: This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat They often do in fact kill other fish by sucking the mucus off their skin as food, which opens the victim fish up to infections.

The eggs, which the adults do not guard, are spherical, smooth, and buoyant. Downloaded on 17 October A highly valued food fish, cultured in central Thailand.

Do not fill the aquarium to the top as tmeminckii species requires periodic access to atmospheric air.