23 August 2013

guest shots: Fundulopanchax fry by borneodaya

Fundulopanchax gardneri nigerianus
 (Albino blue lyretail killiefish) 24 to 72 hours old
photo sequence by borneodaya

^^newly hatched fry hug the substrate
 ^^these unidentified mites are insect parasites, attacking fly larvae
and dragonfly nymph. And maybe shrimp.
 ^^yellow shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda var. yellow) help keep fungus at bay

more borneodaya@gmail.com on stormidae
American Killie Association info page
Killie.co.uk info page

17 August 2013

random sounds 59: HitZone and Whiskey Jane

Recorded at The Homecoming Weekend public concert, part of Port Coquitlam's 100th birthday celebration. (The HitZone video starts a few seconds into the song.)

 the HitZone home

Whisky Jane home

12 August 2013

a different kind of fundi: albino blue lyretail

^^a very curious killie
^^male albino Blue Lyretail (Fundulopanchax gardneri nigerianus)
 ^^very much a surface hunter 


10 August 2013

Caridina multidentata, eggs and otos

^^amano shrimp (Caridina multidentata) and an otocinclus share a branch in the out-flow. Unfortunately, amano shrimp larvae, called zoe, need brackish water to develop.

^^unberried female, left, and male
^^the female fans her pleopods frequently to move oxygen rich water over the eggs
^^this boy is moving in a little too early. The female won't mate 
until her eggs have hatched and she undergoes a molt.

4 August 2013

happy Pride, BC: Sylvia Rivera

Trans rights in Canada: Canada's House of Commons passed a bill on Mar. 20 2013 making it illegal to discriminate against transgender Canadians.

The Opposition private member’s legislation passed by a vote of 149-137, with 18 Conservatives, including four cabinet ministers, voting against the government in favour of the bill. Opposition parties were united in their support for the bill, sponsored by New Democrat Randall Garrison.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt and Port Coquitlam MP Heritage Minister James Moore were among the Conservatives who supported the bill. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the majority of the front bench and of backbenchers opposed it.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been mounting a strong defence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights globally, notably in Uganda and Nigeria.

Globe and Mail story here
Gender posts on stormidae here and here