A unique new species of Apistogramma has just been described by Uwe Römer and Ingo Hahn. The unique feature (among Apistogramma) is its breeding strategy, as it's a bi-parental facultative mouthbrooder. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> It was collected from small tributaries of the Rio Ampiyacu near the village of El Pozo, District Santa Maria, Province Mariscal Ramon Castilla, Departamento Loreto in Peru.
It's unique morphological features are a combination of "over-proportionally large head and jaws, in males lyrate caudal fin horizontally divided in two colour zones, extended first membranes of the dorsal fin, a distinct breast band in basal part of vertical bar 2 and posterior lateral spot in females, missing caudal peduncle spot" as well as the breeding strategy as above.
This fish has actually been available in the trade for almost ten years as Apistogramma sp. "Maulbrüter" (mouthbrooder). Another interesting fact is that it is found in quite fast-flowing clearwater streams, an atypical habitat for Apistogramma. Anyway here are some pics from the paper describing the species, which has been named Apistogramma barlowi.
Dominant adult male
Adult female in breeding colouration
Adult male mouthbrooding
Map showing known distribution
Reference for the paper is Römer, U. and Hahn, I. Apistogramma barlowi sp. n.: Description of a new facultative mouth-breeding cichlid species (Teleostei: Perciformes: Geophaginae) from Northern Peru. Vertebrate Zoology 58 (1) 2008 49-66
Some stunning colours on that fish /ohmy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.gif" /> Do these sell often in the trade anywhere Matt? Germany or Czech Republic?
Where does the barlowi come from btw? I presume that's somebody's name.. but I don't see any mention of it in the paper?
It's available on the continent, but mainly in Germany as far as I know. They're definitely not being mass-produced so I doubt they're coming out of the Czech republic, although I suppose some hobbyists there might have them. There must also be a few in the UK, as Mark Breeze is cited in the description paper and he managed to breed them. I agree by the way, it's a stunning wee thing.
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