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Schistura spiesi

by Mark in Vancouver last modified Nov 14, 2006 11:33 PM


Schistura spiesi

Scientific name: Schistura spiesi (Vidthayanon & Kottelat, 2003)

Common name: None

Synonyms: None

Distribution: Tham Phra Wang Daeng cave in Thailand.

Sexual Dimorphism: Developed suborbital flap in males. Males develop noticeable hump in back, behind nape.

Maximum size: 4.75 inches (11.9cm)

Similar to: Other cave Schistura Species

Care: N/A

Feeding: Probably would accept most aquarium foods offered - sinking catfish pellets, flake, frozen foods such as mosquito larvae, brineshrimp, daphnia etc.

Water parameters: pH: 6-7.5 Hardness: Medium Max dh: 12

Temperature: 70ºF to 79ºF (21-26°C)

Breeding: None reported in aquarium


Schistura spiesi is one of a few blind, cave dwelling Loach species discovered so far. Its eyes become less visible as it grows. Due to its critical habitat needs, it is at risk from collection for aquaria so it is not recommended that it be considered for such.

However, blind cave loaches are known to have been imported into North America and it is possible they were this species. Its inclusion here is mainly out of interest. Pursuit of this loach for the aquarium trade is considered unethical. While Loaches Online encourages a knowledge of all loach species, S. spiesi is a prime example of a loach that should be left alone to flourish in its obscure and endangered habitat.

Schistura spiesi

Photo credits: Kamphol Udomritthiruj

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