$4000 breeding fish stolen from Exeter, South Australia

Three breeding zebra L046 plecos were stolen in the break-in.

Sometime between 7.30 PM on Saturday, May 11 and 12:00 PM on Sunday, May 12, thieves gained entrance to the business through the ceiling. All in all, the thieves made off with over $15,000 in fish and equipment. Of which, three breeding zebra L046 plecos (Hypancistrus zebra) and one Flagtail fish were among the items stolen.

It’s interesting to note that the zebra pleco is banned from export from Brazil is currently threatened in the wild due to construction of the Belo Monte Dam in the Xingu river in Brazil, where the fish is found. Due to this threat, several captive breeding programs are working to captively rear this fish.

(via Herald Sun News)

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