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post #1 of 12 Old 02-26-2014, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
What do wild three spot gouramis (trichopodus thrichopterus) look like?

Do they look like any of these? I read that there is a wild brown version too...are any of these that one?
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-26-2014, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
Well I guess I can only attach one image per post so I had a lavender colored on and one that was blue and gold and also this one:
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-26-2014, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
Here's the article with the bit about the wild brown one...it's under "description"
Blue Gourami, Three-spot Gourami, Trichopodus trichopterus (Trichogaster trichopterus)

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Do they look like any of these? I read that there is a wild brown version too...are any of these that one?
That matches the description perfectly IMO - the first pic

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That matches the description perfectly IMO - the first pic
The second pic doesn't look like a wild one?

Edit: also do you know if that article is correct or what exactly its trying to say? I think it meant wild ones come in both colors I depicted?

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What do wild three spot gouramis (trichopodus thrichopterus) look like?

No it's a color morph - naturally occurring.

Yes, they occur as both in the wild but are saying that the blue is a natural variant, whereas the gold and the opalines are selectively bred.

Whether or not it's correct? I don't know but they throw facts out there that are easy enough to check. Doesn't make it right just because facts check out but if the facts didn't check out I would question the rest of the information.

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post #7 of 12 Old 02-26-2014, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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No it's a color morph - naturally occurring.

Yes, they occur as both in the wild but are saying that the blue is a natural variant, whereas the gold and the opalines are selectively bred.

Whether or not it's correct? I don't know but they throw facts out there that are easy enough to check. Doesn't make it right just because facts check out but if the facts didn't check out I would question the rest of the information.
Where did you check the facts? I couldn't find anything anywhere else about that brown one...I feel like most people would call the one in the picture a "gold".

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I didn't - I don't care enough to check them But there are a list of references at the bottom - that's where I would start if I were interested.

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post #9 of 12 Old 02-26-2014, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
Oh yeah...references! Lol

I just took a second look at that first picture and it doesn't actually look like a gold lol...

I can t tell the difference between an opaline and a ready-to-breed blue three spot /:
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GOURAMIES OF THE GENUS TRICHOPODUS IN SINGAPORE
(ACTINOPTERYGII: PERCIFORMES: OSPHRONEMIDAE)


Some wild pictures on there as well as this paragraph "The three-spot gouramy is a popular aquarium fish, and was imported alive into Europe as early as 1896. As it is not
difficult to keep and breed, many colour variants have been developed. The three most popular colour variants are the
‘Cosby’, ‘golden’ and ‘silver’ forms. The ‘Cosby’ gouramy carries dark blue mottled patches on a light blue body,
whereas the ‘golden’ and ‘silver’ varieties are an intense gold and silver, tinged with a green or sometimes red hue,
respectively (Petrovický, 1993, as Trichogaster trichopterus trichopterus; Tweedie, 1953; Pinter, 1986; Linke, 1991;
Elson & Lucanus, 2002; as Trichogaster trichopterus). Trichogaster trichopterus sumatranus, described by Ladiges in
1933, is a smaller blue variety thought to be a natural colour variant that is endemic to Sumatra (Linke, 1991).
However, it is presently believed to be an artificially bred mutant as such blue fish have never been collected from the
wild in Sumatra (Tan & Ng, 2005, as Trichogaster trichopterus). "
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