The Tapajos project

?Image courtesy Steve Grant.

Hello everyone!

Ian, I want to ask for a space here to promote our next RAP project. I will, soon, provide the official project but considering my time right now, I think this post is very necesary.

As you know, the first RAP project was, at least to me and team, an undoubtedly success. And this success was achieved with conjoined forces from science and hobby. Our results were amazing and, as far as I know, never before in history, a project financed by hobbyists was so big. Thanks only to you, we were able to catch enough material (and additional information, photos in life, habitat and so on) to describe 4 new Corydoras!! an overview of our results can be found in Corydoras World website. Even though the 'typical form' of CW111 was not captured by us, 4 extremely beautiful species are now in our 'description row' . Some of the results will be presented in March, showing the new Corys and plecos (see ya!). I know some of you may ask why the species are not described yet....the answer is simple, we have many others in front of them in our 'row'...we are still working on the Madre de Dios species (C115/6, CW16 right now...plus C. aurofrenatus review and a new Aspidoras from the lower Xingu....I will not mention my thesis to avoid crying here LOL).

With that said, some of you may know thet the laws regarding the hobby market (including exportations) are about to change, for better. And I am proud to say I was part of the team that proposed it. Described species out of our 'red list' will be available. So, as far as we put names in these guys, study them, the chance of having them in the legal market will be no more a dream.

Recently, I am receiving tons of photos of new fish from the Tapajós (same basin of our last expedition btw), 9 new species popped-up....yes, 9. So, this no more about the "ancestor's", we have a total of 9 new species in the very same region...why not go after all of them? that's our idea. The "problem" is, this time, the place is the middle of nowhere, we will need some days to reach it, and, after reaching it, we will need to visit difficult places to catch them...it will not be the 'fun' (for us it will but we are biologists, demented people no doubt) of the last trip...

So, if you want to be part of this, donate any value! everything counts and helps! we are counting on you!

kind regards from Brazil and see you soon!

Luiz Fernando Caserta Tencatt, Ph.D.

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