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Colombia 2017:

The Apistogramma sp. "D42" was collected in the Colombian Río Negro drainage,
just a stone's throw from both Venezuela and Brazil

November 2017

They seem to be a form of A. uaupesi or A. flabellicauda, and they now have fry:


      

      

I counted 154 freeswimming fry, and I have no idea how many that were hiding...


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The fish formerly known as Apistogramma sp. "Kelleri" has been scientifically described, as Apistogramma megastoma

May 2017

You'll find the complete description here:

Description of a new maternal larvophilic mouth-brooding cichlid species, Apistogramma megastoma sp.n. (Teleostei: Perciformes: Geophaginae), from Loreto, Peru

Uwe Römer, Clara Isis Römer, Guillain Estivals, Antonia Vela Díaz, Fabrice Duponchelle, Carmen Rosa García Dávila, Ingo Hahn & Jean François Renno


     

     


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Colombia 2017:
Two Apistogramma from the headwaters of the Río Vaupés

May 2017

Apistogramma sp. "D39" (Alto Vaupés I):


     

     

     

     


Apistogramma sp. "D50" (Alto Vaupés II) (The new mouthbrooder!):


     

     


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A beauty from the Colombian part of the Río Negro

April 2017

In this habitat:




we collected some, for me, quite spectacular Apistogramma:


     

No, it's not the Apistogramma piaroa, nor the Apistogramma megaptera, but the 
Apistogramma sp. "Breitbinden/piaroa" (Río Negro). [A 165]

This is how they looked in the bag just before letting them out in one of my tanks:


     


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From the Colombia trip 2017: Apistogramma sp. "D37"

April 2017

From the headwaters of the Río Inirida, we collected this Apistogramma alacrina-resembling new species:

Males:

     

     

A female, and the habitat:

     


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Apistogramma sp. "D26" - Apistogramma sp. "D36" are presented

April 2017

                   

Most of the Apistogramma macmasteri-group-species we collected in the Colombian llanos during the second 2 weeks of the 2017 collection trip, are presented in an article here.


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Apistogramma sp. "D44"  -  The Bouncing Apistogramma

February 2017

A 4-week collection tour of Apistogramma around in Colombia, is now approaching the end.
Among all the great fishes we have collected, I initially mention "The Bouncing Apisto"!
When it was frightened, it jumped up to 5 consecutive jumps across the water surface, then layed sideways and flowed like a dead leaf on the surface!
Even in a bag it remained, unlike the other Apistogrammas, always close to the water surface. There it jumped and bounced around, and ended often up glued to the bag far above the water surface:




A suspected female to the left and a suspected male to the right:


     

Now it remains to bring the 3 fishes we managed to collect safely home, and try to breed them.
Maybe they'll lay their eggs above the surface! :-))


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The Apistogramma sp. "D20" proved, as expected, to be a beautiful
color form of Apistogramma minima

Nov. 2016

Collected in the very eastern part of Colombia.







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An Apistogramma cf. megaptera/piaroa form from Autana, Venezuela

Nov. 2016

Collected together with the Apistogramma sp. from Autana, mentioned earlier.







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An Apistogramma cf. macmasteri form from Vichada, Colombia

Nov. 2016

A couple of these came in a bag together with Apistogramma cf. alacrina from the department of Vichada, Colombia.
A quite unusual caudal spot!:





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An Apistogramma cf. macmasteri form from the Tame area, Colombia

Nov. 2016

Different from the forms seen from this area earlier.





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Exciting Apistogramma within the Apistogramma-macmasteri-group
from Colombia has arrived

Nov. 2016

The Apistogramma sp. "D21":







The Apistogramma sp. "D24":







The Apistogramma sp. "D25":





While other closely related species has a sooty or yellow area on the belly, the A. sp. D25 shows a purple belly when displaying:







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Apistogramma sororcula has been described

Sept. 2016

The species that LINKE & STAECK (1997) list as Apistogramma sp. "Río Guapore", KOSLOWSKI (2002) lists as Apistogramma cf. staecki "Guaporé", and RÖMER (2006) lists as Apistogramma sp "Guaporé 2", has been described, as Apistogramma sororcula
Apistogramma sororcula, a new dwarf cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from the drainage of the Río Guaporé in Bolivia and Brazil

Wolfgang Staeck & Ingo Schindler


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An unknown Apistogramma form from Venezuela

June 2016

A friend of mine recently came back from a trip to the Autana area in Venezuela.

He brought me these interesting Apistogramma:




     

     

Updated: They are a form of Apistogramma sp. "Segelflossen"


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And another beauty from Colombia

May 2016




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Another beauty from Colombia

May 2016




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Another amazing Apistogramma form from Colombia

May 2016

The Apistogramma sp. "D12" was collected in the eastern part of Colombia:




     

     

     

Females:


     

     


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A new Apistogramma-cruzi-subcomplex fish from Colombia

May 2016

The Apistogramma sp. "D15" was collected near Puerto Leguízamo, in the Río Putumayo drainage:




     

Females:


     


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A beautiful Apistogramma form from Colombia

May 2016

The Apistogramma sp. "D13" was collected in the Tame area in the eastern part of Colombia:




     

Here a narrow outer black seam around the entire caudal fin is visible:


     

The group also consisted of a few specimens with little or none red color:


     


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Another exciting Apistogramma from Colombia

May 2016

When the Apistogramma sp. "D10" arrived, they were quite shy.

The second one to present itself in front of the tank, was this one:




With its big head, long pelvic fins and long posterior extensions of the anal- and dorsal fin, I was convinced I was looking at a male.

Until this beauty presentet himself, after several days of hiding in the dark rear part of the tank:





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More Apistogramma from Colombia; Apistogramma (cf.) bitaeniata forms

May 2016

I received the Apistogramma sp. "D9" and the Apistogramma  sp. "D14" in December 2015. They both grew up to look like forms of Apistogramma (cf.) bitaeniata, although they do show a separate caudal spot(!).

Heiko Bleher collected two Apistogramma (cf.) bitaeniata forms in eastern Colombia, presented in February 2011 here:
Heiko Bleher discovers: Apistogramma

The Apistogramma sp. "D9" comes from the Río Apaporis drainage.
Although they look a little different here, they might be the same fish as H. Bleher collected:

     

The Apistogramma sp. "D14" also comes from the Río Apaporis drainage, but from a different location than the Apistogramma sp. "D9".
It might be identical to the other Apistogramma (cf.) bitaeniata form collected by Heiko Bleher:


     


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More Apistogramma from Colombia

May 2016

The Apistogramma sp. "D7" comes from the eastern part of Colombia.

This may be a Colombian form of Apistogramma pedunculata (?)

     

     

The Apistogramma sp. "D8" resembles of the A. sp. "D2b". It comes from the same Departemento as the "D2b", but were collected in a different location at a different time, so I'll keep them separated:


     

A female:





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Several new Apistogramma have been found in Colombia.

May 2016

Several new species have been found.
In order not to reveal the locations, I have named them "D1" to "D..."
(In order to honor the collector) :-)).

Here I present two of them:

Apistogramma sp. "D2" (Colombia):


     

     

Apistogramma sp. "D2b" (Colombia):


     

     

The Apistogramma sp. "D3" is presented further down, as Apistogramma payaminonis.
Updated: ...which it is not!


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An Apistogramma cf. cruzi form from the Río Curaray, Peru

May 2016

The 2015 trip to Peru also brought us to the Río Curaray (again).
Near the village San Rafael, in the vicinity of the small village Nueva Bella Vista, we collected this beautiful
Apistogramma cf. cruzi (Vaca Cocha):

Male (with the typical bicolored tail):





The females clearly show the typical "notch" in the caudal spot:


     

but they also sometimes show an exceptional streaky costume, most prominent when having fry:


     


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Two new Apistogramma species from the Río Curuá on Serra do Cachimbo, Brazil, has been described; Apistogramma eleutheria and Apistogramma flavipedunculata.

April 2016

Here you could download the full PDF:

Apistogramma eleutheria and Apistogramma flavipedunculata, two new species of dwarf cichlids from the Río Curuá Curuá on Serra do Cachimbo, Brazil (Teleostei: Cichlidae).
Varell, H. R. & Ricardo Britzke
Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 81-95, April 2016

They were collected on the PIPE Expedition at the same time as A. kullanderi:

Apistogramma eleutheria was listed as Apistogramma sp. "Treze de Maio" in the description of A. kullanderi.

Apistogramma flavipedunculata was listed as Apistogramma sp. "Upper Curuá" in the description of A. kullanderi.

Read what Mike Wise wrote about them in  Two new apistos described, at apistogramma.com


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