Epiplatys T. N. Gill, 1862
Epiplatys: from the Greek ἐπί (epí), meaning ‘above, on top of’, and πλατύς (platýs), meaning ‘flat, broad’, in reference to the flat dorsal surface of the anterior half of the body in members of this genus.
fasciolatus: meaning banded
Epiplatys fasciolatus is wide spread from Guinea Bissau to southern Liberia, around Monrovia. It has several subspecies and populations known to the hobby – zimniensis, totaensis and puetzi.
Generally not considered a difficult species to spawn, it is a top spawner and leaves fairly large eggs in the upper part of the mop. Eggs take 12-14 days to hatch. Fry are aggressive feeders of baby brine shrimp.
Huber, J.H., 1996. Killi-Data 1996. Updated checklist of taxonomic names, collecting localities and bibliographic references of oviparous Cyprinodont fishes (Atherinomorpha, Pisces). Société Française d’Ichtyologie, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, 399 p. (Ref. 27139)
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