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Geophagus megasema HECKEL, 1840

February 15th, 2013 — 2:25pm

This species is very rare in the aquarium hobby and may never have been available on a commercial basis although it has been collected, bred and distributed by some private collectors.

It’s a member of the putative G. surinamensis ‘group’ of closely-related species within the genus and ca…

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'Geophagus' crassilabris STEINDACHNER, 1876

Panamanian Eartheater

February 14th, 2013 — 4:51pm

The most essential item of décor is a soft, sandy substrate so that the fish can browse naturally (see ‘Diet’).

Coarser materials such as gravel or small pebbles can inhibit feeding, damage gill filaments and even be ingested with the potential of internal damage or blockages.

Additional furnishings ar…

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Apistogramma paulmuelleri RÖMER, BENINDE, DUPONCHELLE, GARCÍA DÁVILA, VELA DÍAZ & RENNO, 2013

A52

March 26th, 2012 — 12:15pm

This species is assigned the code A52 under the DATZ ‘A’ number system and is also known by the trade names A. sp. ‘Apache’, A. sp. ‘Peru (II)’, A. sp. ‘Peru-regani’, A. sp. cf. regani (Belém) and A. sp. ‘carapintada’.

Apistogramma is among the most speciose of South American cichlid genera with around 70 species valid at present but many more awaiting description. In addition many species exist in two or more geographical colour forms which may or ma…

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Apistogramma mendezi RÖMER, 1994

A220, A221, A222

March 26th, 2012 — 10:46am

This species is assigned the codes A220, A221 and A222 under the DATZ ‘A’ number system with these referring to similar-looking, possibly conspecific, populations.

These differ in some aspects of colour pattern, particularly the orientation of the caudal-fin markings which may be horizontal, vertical, or somewhere inbetween.

One population displays an orange colouration on the belly and is som…

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Apistogramma eremnopyge READY & KULLANDER, 2004

A218

March 26th, 2012 — 9:36am

Known only from Loreto region in northeastern (Amazonian) Peru.

Type locality is ‘Río Pintuyacu, 48 kilometers on road from Iquitos to Nauta, Río Itaya drainage, Province Loreto, Peru’ and it’s also been recorded from tributaries of the Nanay system in the same area.

An additional population is known from the Río Tapiche, a tributary of the Río Ucayali located well over 150 km further south.

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Apistogramma elizabethae KULLANDER, 1980

A208

March 26th, 2012 — 8:39am

The form from the rio Içana tends to have more blue markings on the head than that from the Uaupés, while a reddish population apparently collected close to the settlement of Tucana (sometimes mis-spelled ‘Tucano’) on the Uaupés is sometimes traded as A. elizabethae ‘super red’.

Apistogramma is among the most speciose of South American cichlid genera with around 70 species valid at present but many more awaiting description.

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Apistogramma barlowi RÖMER & HAHN, 2008

A174

March 25th, 2012 — 9:19pm

This species has been assigned the code A174 under the DATZ system, and is also known by the trade names A. sp. ‘Maulbrüter/mouthbrooder’, A. sp. ‘Glaser’ (these referring to the ‘red’ colour form) and A. sp. ‘Hauswell’ (referring to the ‘white’ colour form).

It can be told apart from other members of the genus most eas…

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Apistogramma baenschi RÖMER, HAHN, RÖMER, SOARES & WÖHLER, 2004

A188

March 25th, 2012 — 6:52pm

This species is assigned the code A188 under the DATZ system and is also known by the trade names A. sp. ‘Inca/Inka’, A. sp. ‘Inka 50’, A. sp. ‘highfin nijsseni’, A. sp. ‘Nijsseni 2’, A. sp. ‘red crescent’ or A. baenschi ‘Inca’.

It’s among those members of the genus produced on a commercial basis and is regularly available in the aquarium trade.

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Chromidotilapia guntheri (SAUVAGE, 1822)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:26pm

Described from Assinie-Mafia in south-eastern Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), western Africa but currently accepted to be extensively distributed in coastal river drainages of central western Africa from the Saint John River, central Liberia to the Cross River drainage, in southeastern Nigeria and southwestern Cameroon. It also occurs in the Niger and its major tributary the Benue (Bénoué) and has thus been recorded from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.

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Chalinochromis sp. 'ndobhoi'

March 13th, 2012 — 1:26pm

This undescribed species is also traded as C. sp. 'ndoboi' or 'ndobnoi', and despite its lack of official recognition it's the most commonly-encountered member of the genus in the aquarium trade at time of writing. It can be easily-distinguished from the congeners C. brichardi and C. popelini by its adult body patterning which comprises two or three series of irregular, dark, laterally-orientated blotches, the upper of which is often contained entirely within the dorsal …

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