Bullhead, Kyushu (Ariake-gibachi) fishingwithpole



Yabe River, Fukuoka, Japan
Date Caught: 
Friday, November 16, 2012
My first ever Kyushu bullhead (Pseudobagrus aurantiacus, ariake-gibachi) caught at Yabe River in Fukuoka, Japan, in November 2012 on an earthworm. It was very lucky for me that I happened to find this fish going under a stone in front of me when I was looking for other species. Ariake-gibachi grows to 20 cm, and used to be considered to be the same species as gibachi inhabiting in the mainland Japan. However, the population inhabiting in Kyushu Island was recently re-classified as a new species due to its distinct number of chromosomes.
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