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

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by gschra11, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. gschra11New MemberMember

    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?


  2. temptresstooNew MemberMember

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

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    I'd say it was a siamese algae eater
  4. celizabethh3

    celizabethh3Valued MemberMember

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

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  5. Dempsey Dude

    Dempsey DudeWell Known MemberMember

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

    plecostomuchValued MemberMember

    True sae. Tail stripe looks correct. Good luck!
  7. OP

    gschra11New MemberMember


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