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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A hyperstimulated male may not limit its aggression to other males, and could temminciki a small community tank by chasing and gnawing on other fish.

It consists of many highly vascularisedfolded flaps of temminvkii the form of which greatly increases the available respiratory surface area. Cannot be determined from external features.

According to the California Academy Catalogue of Fishes, the species name was spelled temminkii in the original description in Sign our Guest Book. The lateral line is divided in hellstoma, with the posterior portion starting below the end of the other; there are a total of 43—48 scales running the line’s length. Kissing gourami, Helostoma temminckii.

It shares an ancestral state plesiomorphy with the genus Belontia and family Anabantidae in that the second external levator muscle of the second gill arch is unmodified whereas in all other anabantoid species it is modified into a thin layer covering the entire posterior part of the suprabranchial chamber Britz, The most distinctive feature of the kissing gourami is its mouth.

Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Filtration must of course be efficient but try to avoid excessive flow or turbulence by careful placement of returns and outflows. Gouramis with broken or torn jaws will be unable to eat and will consequently die. Operculum and suboperculum with smooth posterior edge. 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.

One of the few anabantoids, alongside members of the genera Anabas and Ctenopomanot to tfmminckii parental care. Body laterally compressed and deep. What type of helostooma lighting do you prefer? Launch the Aquatic Species Distribution map viewer. The genus has otherwise always been monotypic and is sufficiently different to other anabantoids to be placed in its own familyof which it remains the sole member, but its exact relationship with other anabantoids is still somewhat unclear.


The total catch reported for this species to FAO for was 16 t. Subadult of pink form. The eggs are spherical and small compared to other freshwater species and have a drop of oil to increase buoyancy. The relative lack of adults seen in the hobby no doubt reflects these points to a certain extent since thousands of specimens are sold each year but few appear to survive long-term. Helostoma teminkii is an omnivorous microfagic filtering fish, whose nutrition is based on a wide variety of food sources, such as insects, algae, larvae from other species and other microorganisms found on submerged species.

Kissing gourami

A single female is capable of producing several thousand eggs per spawning event and these are simply scattered randomly among vegetation.

Biting fish reach sexual maturity of three to five years. The structure of the organ varies in complexity between species tending to be more well-developed in those inhabiting particularly oxygen-deprived conditions.

Cookies This site uses cookies: Widjanarti, – Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement If is associated with an Alamy account you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. Estimates of some properties based on models Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. The foremost rays of the jugular pelvic fins are also slightly elongated.

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Fertilized eggs float to the surface and usually bind to floating vegetation, becoming larvae. Like others in the suborder Anabantoidei this species possesses an accessory breathing organ known as the labyrinth. Keep some cheap plants in the tank for the Kissing Gourami to eat. Summary page Point data Common names Photos. Since it was the original author correcting a spelling error on the first, the corrected spelling of temminckii should be considered the right one.


Kissing Gourami

The kissing gourami does not care for its young. Anabantoidei, Channoidei of Sumatra, Temminckik. The caudal fin is rounded to concave. Spawning occurs from May to October in Thailand.

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They are often stimulated into aggression by the presence of other gourami species, especially if the hhelostoma species happen to be breeding. Dorsal fin origin above or slightly in advance of pectoral fin; base longer than anal fin base; about 18 spines and branched rays; no adipose fin.

The lettuce will eventually host bacteria and infusoria upon which the fish will feed. The fishes of the inland waters of Southeast Asia: Feeds on a variety of plants and animals, including green algae and zooplankton Ref.

Lighting is relatively gemminckii and can be as bright or dim hslostoma you prefer, or tailored to any plants being grown, but if possible algae should not be discouraged. When breeding kissing gouramis, soft water is preferred.

Retrieved from ” https: The individuals which have these parasites in their bodies are commonly less healthy than those which have not any algae parasites. Females release an average of eggs. Hleostoma fish are omnivorous and need both plant and animal matter in their diets. Helostoma temminckii, Gourami Fish kissing, Belontidae Pair of Kissing gouramis Helostoma temminckiiside view Close up of a kissing gourami fish, Helostoma temminckii.

The pinkish-white form of this species is among the most widely-traded aquarium fishes in the world but does not occur naturally and is in fact a leucistic variant bred specifically for ornamental purposes. Two colour morphs are encountered: