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 nelostoma was last edited on 26 Decemberat 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.

From the outset, it is probably wiser to include them in communities where they are actually one of the smaller species present. Check this species at FishBase.

Human uses

The pink form is sometimes referred to by the invalid name H. This is presumably due to a lack of profitability involved in raising huge numbers of fry with a poor sell-on value and the time required for subadults to become sexually maturethe latter supposedly occurring temmindkii they measure around mm SL. By increasing the angle of opening of the jaw, this joint allows kissing helkstoma to access to these nutrients.

The Sarawak population also appears to be non- native with the species having been introduced there during the s K. Maximum Standard Length — mm. Spawning usually occurs under floating vegetation. Overall their personality can be variable, some peaceful, others truly aggressive, and in the authors opinion they are oversold as suitable for community. This rasping action, which to humans looks superficially like kissing, is also used by males to challenge the dominancy of conspecifics.


Pink Kissing Gourami – Helostoma Temminckii

This correction is within the Rules of Nomenclature. No teeth in jaws and palate. Spawning occurs from May to October in Thailand, at the beginning of helosstoma rainy season. Juvenile of pink form. What type of aquarium lighting do you prefer?

The countries with the largest catches were Indonesia 16 t. Continue Cancel Send email OK. Condition the two breeders for a couple of weeks with live or frozen brine shrimp and earthworms. Print PDF Search species. These fish are omnivorous and need both plant and animal matter in their hleostoma. Adult females are rounder-bellied than males when full of eggs but otherwise there are no confirmed external differences.

Temmknckii vulnerability 16 of This type of joint is also present in other species of fish that feed on nutrients attached to the substrate.

Shallow, slow-moving, and thickly vegetated backwaters are the kissing gourami’s natural habitat. Cookies This site uses cookies: High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months Assuming tm Vulnerability Ref. The aquarium’s back glass should not be cleaned during regular maintenance, as the gouramis will feed on the algae grown there.

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. A hyperstimulated male may not limit its aggression to other males, and could disrupt a small community tank by chasing and gnawing on other fish.

Kissers of both sexes will often spar by meeting mouths and pushing each other through the water. Kissing gouramis are open-water egg scatterers; spawning is initiated by the female and takes place under cover of floating vegetation.


Do not fill the aquarium to the top as this species requires periodic access to atmospheric air. The individuals which have these parasites in their bodies are commonly less healthy than those which have not any algae parasites. In addition to sexual territoriality and competitionkissing gouramis will also fight to protect a feeding territory.

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The helostlma to which the above range has been modified and extended by humans is unclear. Reproduction One of the few anabantoids, alongside members of the genera Anabas and Ctenopomanot to exhibit parental care. Kissing gourami Helostoma temminckiialso known as the kissing fish. Like others in the suborder Anabantoidei this species possesses an accessory breathing organ known as the labyrinth.

Downloaded on 17 October The total catch reported for this species to FAO for was 16 t.

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Two colour morphs are encountered: Kissing gourami, Helostoma temminckii. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.

World Wide Web electronic publication. In the aquarium, breeders have also produced a “dwarf” or “balloon pink” variety, which is a mutated strain of the pink gourami that are offered to hobbyists. Some hypothesis affirm that these algae communities receive some nutrients required for temmlnckii from the H.