Flying Fox/Siamese Algae Eater. What do I have?

gschra11

Howdy folks,

As you may be aware, there is a notorious problem with LFSes selling differing Flying Foxes as Siamese Algae Eaters. These so-called "False SAEs" understandably get confused because the two fish have so many similar features.

This fish was sold at my LFS as a "Flying Fox," Epalzeorhynchus Kallopterus. However, after browsing all over the internet, it seems that this Flying Fox might actually be a true SAE. (Crossocheilus siamensis)

I say so because according to a couple of articles I read, a SAE's stripe goes from head to its tail and through the tail fin itself. The articles' state that a Flying Fox's strip stops at the tail and does not go through the fin.

Also, my fish doesn't have any color on its body that I can see at all. It's dorsal side is silver, not gold, supposedly another distinguishing feature. The fins are translucent with no color.

What is your opinion?


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Sources:
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariummagazine/may08/siamese-algae-eater-id.htm
 

temptresstoo

The mouth looks wrong to be a SAE. They have suction apparatus.
 

Coradee

I'd say it was a siamese algae eater
 

celizabethh3

I agree with Coradee. Pretty sure you have a true SAE there!


 

Dempsey Dude

Yeah I'd say SAE. Looks exactly like the two that I have which I know for a fact are true SAE's.
 

plecostomuch

True sae. Tail stripe looks correct. Good luck!
 

gschra11

Thanks!
 

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