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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Retrieved from ” https: Two males challenging themselves with the characteristic mouth to mouth pushing.

A female starts mating and the male simultaneously shed the eggs and sperm to the outside. By increasing the angle of opening of the jaw, this joint allows kissing gourami to access temmincckii these nutrients.

Human uses

This type of “kiss” has given H. Cannot be determined from external features. Like others in the suborder Anabantoidei this species possesses an accessory breathing organ known as the labyrinth. Kissers of both sexes will often spar by meeting mouths and pushing each other through the water.

Subadult specimen of the ornamental pink form. The long-based dorsal 16—18 spinous rays, 13—16 soft and anal fins 13—15 spinous rays, 17—19 soft mirror each other in length and frame the body. Caught by seinescast netsand lift nets.

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: To prevent digging and to present enough surface area for algae growth, the substrate should consist of large-diameter gravel and stones. The genus has otherwise always been monotypic and is sufficiently different to other anabantoids to be placed in its own familyof which it remains the sole member, but its exact relationship with other anabantoids is still somewhat unclear.


Fish Plants Shrimp Snails Frogs. Feeds on a variety of plants and animals, including green algae and zooplankton Ref. Pink Kissing Gourami — Helostoma Temminckii. Downloaded on 17 October The extent to which the above range has been modified and extended by humans is unclear.

High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months Assuming tm Vulnerability Ref.

Kissing gourami

This articulation, although its mechanism and anatomy are still being studied in a hurry, results in an adaptation of Helodoma temminkii and its feeding. It is important to emphasize the particularity that this species has in its mouth: Sexual Dimorphism Adult females are rounder-bellied than males when full of eggs but otherwise there are no confirmed external differences.

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

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Helostoma temminkii (Kissing Gourami) — Seriously Fish

Summary page Point data Common names Photos. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. Keep some cheap plants in the tank for the Kissing Gourami to eat. 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. As the fish do not build nests, lettuce leaves placed on the water surface serve as a spawning medium. The intramandibular joint divides the jaw into two independent elements so that it increases the degrees of freedom and the potential number of ways of getting food.

Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology.


Many end up in species tanks with a compatible mate out of necessity, or moved to midsize cichlid communities in larger bodies of water where they represent a less significant danger to other fish.

Biting fish reach sexual maturity of three to five years. These fish are omnivorous and need both plant and animal matter in their diets. The lettuce will eventually host bacteria and infusoria upon which the fish will feed. Kissing gouramies are not particularly well equipped to cause bite damage on other species, but their persistant aggression and multiple attemps to attack may cause delicate fish to wane, and stimulate other aggressive species to fight.

Kissing gourami, Helostoma temminckii. Occurs in lakes and rivers Ref. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with ‘species’ microformats. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Kissing gourami A kissing gourami in an aquarium Conservation status. This species exhibits a preference for slow-moving or standing waters including floodplain lakes, oxbows, backwaters and swamps, and is particularly associated with black and clear water habitats around beds of submerged vegetation.

Views Read Edit View history. It shares an ancestral state plesiomorphy with the genus Belontia and family Anabantidae in that the second external levator muscle of the second gill arch is unmodified whereas in all other anabantoid species it is modified into a thin layer covering the entire posterior part of the suprabranchial chamber Britz, The most distinctive feature of the kissing gourami is its mouth.