Hillstream loaches are in general rather dull colored fishes. However, there are exceptions and among the most beautiful species are those belonging to the genus Homaloptera
. Several, closely related and quite similar species exist. In German they are called "saddle-back loaches", a commonly used English name is "lizard loaches".
For the first time ever we were able now to import Homaloptera parclitella. This species has been discovered scientifically only in 2005. The species attains a length of about 7-8 cm. It inhabits Malaysia and Southern Thailand. The species is very peaceful, but they do very often harmless comment fights with conspecifics, which are very attractive to look at. A perfect water quality is absolutely necessary for these pretty loaches, otherwise they quickly become sick. So the recommendable species is better suited for experienced hobbyists.
The species is found in streams in forests, with clear water and current, and is usually associated with submerged trees, wood debris and large leave vegetation. According to the IUCN Red List of Endangered species
, the Major Threats for H. parclitella are logging, deforestation and agriculture occurs in the area, with associated impacts on the aquatic environment (M. Kottelat pers. comm. 2011). Parts of the species distribution is in protected areas.
For our customers: the fish have code 421578 on our stock list. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.