Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chinese Royal Clown Loach, (Leptobotia Pellegrini)

I am a subscriber to the online fishfinder service, and once in a while it means that I receive an email about a particularly desirable fish which has turned up for sale somewhere in the UK this week I received a notification that was of particular interest to me. As you all probably know I spent my childhood in Hong Kong and therefore am particularly interested in Southern Chinese creatures. I have a Southern Chinese fish tank that I have set up in my sitting room and I am always vaguely looking for new fish from the area. So when I received the following email I was quite excited: 

“Rarity alert : Chinese Royal Clown Loach, Leptobotia Pellegrini is now in stock at Wildwoods. 16th October 2015. Wildwoods have taken delivery this week of a very rare loach, the Chinese Royal Clown Loach, Leptobotia Pellegrini.. This is the first time Wildwoods have had this particular species in stock and we believe it is only the second time we have seen these fish for sale on Tropicalfishfinder. This is a large species of loach that can grow as big as 20cm and the examples Wildwoods have in stock are between 15cm and 18cm in length. These fish would work particularly well in a large community tank. There are only 8 fish available so be quick if you don't want to miss out on the loach opportunity of the year! The good news is that they are now available on the Tropicalfish2yourdoor shop for overnight delivery direct to your door. The photographs on the left and right are of the actual fish that are for sale” 

They are an undeniably handsome species, and furthermore one that I have never seen before so I looked at the price I don’t care how handsome they are, but at £65 a pop, I'm afraid they will not be gracing the CFZ aquaria any time soon.

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