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Otocinclus: Oto Catfish Care Guide & Species Profile

What is the difference between a flying fox and a Siamese algae eater?

The difference between a flying fox and a Siamese algae eater lies in their appearance. Here’s how you can tell them apart:

  • Mouth structure – A flying fox has a small fleshy flap at the corner of its mouth, while a Siamese algae eater doesn’t.
  • Black stripes – A flying fox’s stripes appear clean and straight, while a Siamese algae eater’s stripes appear more jagged and less uniform.
  • Fin color – A flying fox’s fins tend to be yellowish or orange with black stripes, while a Siamese algae eater’s fins are clear.
  • Dorsal fin shape – Both have notches on their dorsal fins, but the notch is deeper on a flying fox.

Because these two fish look almost identical, it can be difficult for a novice to distinguish them. Aside from those four differences, both species have similar appearances and behaviors.