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 Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Suppl. Entered by Luna, Susan M. These fish are omnivorous temmincki need both plant and animal matter in their diets. Sign our Guest Book. The tank should be about two-thirds full of water, and have plenty of floating plants.

The aquarium’s back glass should not be cleaned during regular maintenance, as the gouramis will feed on the algae grown there. The mouth, teeth, gills and especially the intramedibular joint described above make this fish a very well adapted species: Most plants will not survive the fish’s grazing, so inedible plants such as Java fernJava mossor plastic plants are recommended.

The fleshy lips are also covered in horny teeth which are moveable to a certain extent and temmicnkii to rasp algae and other microrganisms from submerged surfaces, but there are no additional teeth on the jaws or palate so the fish is largely unable to crush or bite larger objects. The eggs, which the adults temminckki not guard, are spherical, smooth, and buoyant.

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. Pink Kissing Gourami — Helostoma Temminckii.


Human uses

However, it was redescribed in more detail two years later by the same author Cuvierwho reported that the original spelling was incorrect and that the corrected spelling was temminckii. Gouramis with broken or torn temmincckii will be unable to eat and will consequently die.

Helostoma temminckii Cuvier, Utilized fresh for steaming, pan-frying, broiling and baking Ref. Eggs hatch in a day and fry become free-swimming 2 days after. Views Read Edit View history. Feeds on a variety of plants and animals, including green algae and temminckij Ref.

From the outset, it is probably wiser to include them in communities where they are actually one of the smaller species present. Ecological Genetics and Physiology. This is presumably due to a lack of profitability involved in raising huge numbers of hellostoma with a poor sell-on value and the time required for subadults to become sexually maturethe latter supposedly occurring when they measure around mm SL. Kissers of both sexes will often spar by meeting mouths and pushing each other through the water.

Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. It consists of many highly vascularisedfolded flaps of skin the form of which greatly increases the available respiratory surface area. Helostoma temminckii, Gourami Fish kissing, Belontidae Pair of Kissing gouramis Helostoma hlostomaside view Close up of a kissing gourami fish, Helostoma temminckii.

The latter behaviour seems more pronounced in certain individuals and is possibly related to gender.

Pink Kissing Gourami – Helostoma Temminckii | Tropical Fish Site

Caught by seinescast netsand lift nets. Herbivore — Feed with vegetable flakes. Females release an average of eggs. Filtration must of course be efficient but try to avoid excessive flow or turbulence by careful placement of returns and outflows.


Fish Plants Shrimp Snails Frogs. Check this species at FishBase. This type of “kiss” has given H. Separate the pair for remminckii few days tsmminckii transferring them to the spawning tank.

It is important to emphasize the particularity that this species has in its mouth: Page 1 of 1. Body laterally compressed and deep. Summary page Point data Common names Photos.

Very common in the aquarium trade; Large quantities of small fish are exported for aquarium use in Japan, Europe, North America, Australia and other parts of the world.

Kissing gouramis are also able to emit sounds to other individuals of their own specie through the movement of their teeth. The pink form is sometimes referred to by the invalid name H.

This type of joint is also present in other species of fish that feed on nutrients attached to the substrate. The total catch reported for this species to FAO for was 16 t. 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.

Kissing gourami

The Sarawak population also appears to be non- native with the species having been introduced there during the s K.

When breeding kissing gouramis, soft water is helosfoma. Valenciennes, – Histoire naturelle des poissons. Sell images Our Blog. Subadult of pink form.

Adult females are rounder-bellied than males when full of eggs but otherwise there are no confirmed external differences.