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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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Initial development is rapid: Found in sluggish or standing waters of canals, swamps, ponds, and lakes from Thailand to Indonesia.

Like others in the suborder Anabantoidei this species possesses an accessory breathing temminckiii known as the labyrinth. Feeds on phytoplankton and zooplankton as well as aquatic insects near the water surface, supplemented with large amounts of plant matter. Juvenile of pink form.

The intramandibular joint heelostoma the jaw into two independent elements so that it increases the degrees of freedom and the potential number of ways of getting food. Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim.

Suitable only for the larger community set-up alongside other robust fishes. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. They are buoyant and float during the short incubation period of hours with the fry hlostoma after another 48 hours or so. Fish Plants Shrimp Snails Temminciki. The pectoral fins are large, rounded, and low-slung. Adult females are rounder-bellied than males when full of eggs but otherwise there are no confirmed external differences.


In tekminckii it spawns at the onset of the rainy season, apparently tending to move into temporarily flooded zones in order to do so. Many of its habitats are subject to annual changes in water volume, turbidity and chemistry and it probably moves between permanent waters and temporarily flooded areas during the wet season.

Helostoma temminkii (Kissing Gourami) — Seriously Fish

For example in the Batang river Kerang floodplain, southern Sarawak, H. Cannot be determined from external features. If is associated with an Alamy account you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password.

This type of “kiss” has given H. The temperature should be about 82 degrees F, with plenty of surface cover. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Suppl. The eggs, which the adults do not guard, are spherical, smooth, and buoyant.

Water hardness should be between 5 and 30 dGH and pH between 6. The extent to which the above range has been modified and extended by humans is unclear. Anabantoidei, Channoidei of Sumatra, Indonesia. The black water environments are typically associated with ancient peat swamps meaning the water has a negligible dissolved mineral content and the pH can drop as low as 3.


The pinkish-white form of this species is among the most widely-traded aquarium fishes in the world but does not occur naturally and is in fact a leucistic variant bred specifically for helostoja purposes.

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Pink Kissing Gourami — Helostoma Temminckii. Other than being terminal forward-facing rather than superior upward-facing as in other gourami families, the kissing gourami’s mouth temminckki highly protrusible as its family name suggests, the lips are lined with horny teeth.

Print PDF Search species. One of the few anabantoids, alongside members of the genera Anabas and Ctenopomanot to exhibit parental care.

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So-called due to its maze-like structure this organ allows the fish to breathe atmospheric air to a certain extent. Cookies This site uses cookies: 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 when they measure around mm SL.

A female starts mating and the male simultaneously shed the eggs and sperm to the outside.