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World's longest 'fluorescent' fish displayed at aquarium expo

2010/10/31 20:49:58

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) The world's longest fluorescent fish, bredby Taiwanese researchers, is being featured in an aquarium exhibitionthat is introducing Taiwan's research and development efforts in theaquaculture field.

The 2010 Taiwan International Aquarium Expo, being held in Taipeibetween Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, is showcasing many kinds of fish bred inTaiwan and creative landscapes for aquariums, according to the show'sorganizer, the Fisheries Agency, which is hoping for a turnout of100,000 visitors.

The fluorescent fish on display, known as convict cichlids, werebred jointly by Academia Sinica, Taiwan's leading research body, andJy Lin Trading, a private Taiwanese company.

At 12 centimeters in length, the convict cichlids on display arethe longest fluorescent fish in the world, according to the company.

Another of the show's main attractions are the internationalprize-winning discus fish, a colorful fish genus composed of threedifferent species of freshwater fish native to the Amazon Riverbasin.

Chen Tian-shou, deputy director-general of the Fisheries Agency,said Taiwan's team won 14 medals at the International DiscusChampionship in Duisburg, Germany early this month, a sign of itsprowess in the field.


(By Jeffrey Wu)
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