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Pearl Gourami Trichogaster leeri

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Trichogaster leeri (Bleeker, 1852)
COMMON NAME: pearl gourami, pearl leeri
SYNONYMS: Trichopus leeri Bleeker, 1852; Osphronemus Trichopterus var. leeri Günther, 1861 Trichopodus leeri
Regan, 1909.
LENGTH: Up to 4¾ in” (12 cm)
DISTRIBUTION: Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo. Its presence in Java is doubted, and its occurrence around Bangkok is probably the result of an accidental 0escape from a fish breeder, or, as assumed by some, a case of mistaken identity. This species was first imported in the early 1930s

DESCRIPTION: The body is rather broad from top to bottom and is laterally compressed. The background color is silvery gray. In front of the dorsal fin the back is an olive-brown color. Numerous small light spots, each with a dark edging, cover most of the body as well as the anal, dorsal, and caudal fins. The mosaic pattern formed by these spots appears almost iridescent. The markings are nearly identical in both sexes but more intense in the male. Full-grown males also have a significantly longer and more pointed dorsal and a much larger anal lin with longer extended fin
fin rays, which gives the tin the appearance of having an irregular-looking lacy fringe. The most beautiful adornment of the males is the reddish orange color of the underside, which extends from the lower part of the head, over the chest, to the front half of the abdomen and includes the front portion of the anal fin. During the mating period and during brood care the reddish orange color takes on a spectacular intensity

MAINTENANCE AND BREEDING: This species usually builds large bubblenests. Released eggs are supported by or imbedded in the bubbly foam of the nest. Plant pieces are rarely used by this species for nest building. The species is quite fecund, producing up to 1000 eggs or more in one spawning. Raising a large brood requires an abundance of small first foods such as paramecium. Brine shrimp nauplii are accepted from about the sixth day after the young become free swimming

Labyrinth Fish Pinter (1984) p84-85

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