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Luciocephalus aura
September 21, 2011
7:16 am
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Matt
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A non-forum using friend sent these images and is asking if he has a mixture of genders or not. Three individual fish, all measuring around 10 cm SL. Can they be sexed?

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Cake or death?
September 21, 2011
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Matt,
not sure about this, but Ralf Nelles (Germany) managed to breed aura. If you compare the pictures of the breeding male and a female, you may clearly see differences in the colors of the fins! Further he reports that adult females are more bulky if well-fed (eggs). Unfortunately, this is not visible in the pictures above...

Male: http://img585.imageshack.us/im.....lauram.jpg

Female: http://img823.imageshack.us/im.....aurawn.jpg

September 21, 2011
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Thanks Frank, there certainly do appear to be differences in fin colour, though I'd expect brooding males to be darker overall anyway? Wonder if head shape is also a clue?

Cake or death?
September 21, 2011
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Beautiful little fish. You'll have to keep this thread fully informed.
Wouldn't mind having a dabble with these.

October 7, 2011
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So no-one has any idea about the head shape thing?

Cake or death?
October 7, 2011
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Ive got four matt and due to do a wee photo shoot with them so hopefully that will help?

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