Synonym(s). Helostoma temmincki Cuvier Taxonomic Notes: The taxonomic status of populations from parts of the species range require confirmation. Common name: Pink Kissing Gourami, Pink Gourami, Kissing Gourami. Scientific name: Helostoma Temminckii. Average Adult Fish Size: 12 inches / 30 cm. Helostoma temmincki or Helostoma temminckii. Common Names. Kissing fish, pink kissing gourami, green kisser. Family, Helostomatidae.

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This species is a highly-specialised, microphagous filter -feeder and possesses very fine gill rakers as well as modified structures on the gill arches to aid in this process.

Helostoma temminkii can become the host tosome parasitic algal species. Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Spawning occurs from May to October in Thailand, at the beginning of the rainy season. Helostoma temminckii, Gourami Fish kissing, Belontidae Pair of Kissing gouramis Helostoma temminckiiside view Close up of a kissing gourami fish, Helostoma temminckii.

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Kissing gourami – Wikipedia

Condition the two breeders for a couple of weeks with live or frozen brine shrimp and earthworms. For example in the Batang river Kerang floodplain, southern Sarawak, H.

Launch the Aquatic Species Distribution map viewer. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Downloaded on 17 October One of the few anabantoids, alongside members of the genera Anabas and Ctenopomanot to exhibit parental care.

Tsmminckii due to its maze-like structure this organ allows the fish to breathe atmospheric air to a certain extent. We’ve sent an email to Please follow the instructions to reset your password. They often do in fact kill other fish by sucking the mucus off their skin as food, which opens the victim fish up to infections. Helostoma hellostoma is temminckli omnivorous microfagic filtering fish, whose nutrition is based on a wide variety of food sources, such as insects, algae, larvae from other species and other microorganisms found on submerged species.


Some hypothesis affirm that these algae communities receive some nutrients required for photosynthesis from the H. Such habitats generally support a wide diversity of fishes. Kissing Gourami are also a very long lived fish, a long term commitment for the fish keeper.

Juvenile of pink form. Pink Kissing Gourami — Helostoma Temminckii. As the fish do not build nests, lettuce leaves placed on the water surface serve as a spawning medium. Kissing gouramis are open-water egg scatterers; spawning is initiated temmminckii the female and takes place under cover of floating vegetation.

The foremost rays of the jugular helkstoma fins are also slightly elongated. It consists of many highly vascularisedfolded flaps of skin the form of which greatly increases the available respiratory surface area.

A highly valued food fish, cultured in central Thailand.

Human uses

Caught by seinescast netsand lift nets. Keep some cheap plants in the tank for the Kissing Gourami to eat. In the aquarium, breeders have also produced a “dwarf” or “balloon pink” variety, which is a mutated strain of helosto,a pink gourami that are offered to hobbyists. Habitat This species exhibits a preference for slow-moving or standing waters including floodplain lakes, oxbows, backwaters and swamps, and is particularly associated with black and clear water habitats around beds of submerged vegetation.


Gouramis with broken or torn jaws will be unable to eat and will consequently die. High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months Assuming tm Vulnerability Ref. Kissing gouramisalso known as kissing fish or kissers Helostoma temminkiiare large tropical freshwater fish comprising the monotypic labyrinth fish family Teminckii from the Greek elos hlostoma, nail], stoma [mouth].

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The pectoral fins are large, rounded, and low-slung. These adaptations also mean it must not be offered very large food items as it cannot crush and swallow them. These fish may be useful as algae eaters to control algae growth. The most distinctive feature of the kissing gourami is its mouth. The fleshy lips are also covered in horny teeth which are moveable to a certain extent and used to rasp algae and other microrganisms from submerged surfaces, but there are no additional teeth on the jaws or palate so the fish is largely unable to crush or bite larger objects.

Utilized fresh for steaming, pan-frying, broiling and baking Ref. Herbivore — Feed with vegetable flakes. What type of aquarium lighting do you prefer? They are often stimulated into aggression by the presence of other gourami species, especially if the other species happen to be breeding.

Spawning occurs from May to October in Thailand. The pink form is sometimes referred to by the invalid name H.