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Apistogramma payaminonis has been re-described and two new Apistogramma -species has been described; Apistogramma feconat sp. n. and Apistogramma wolli sp. n.

October 2015

Re-description of Apistogramma payaminonis Kullander, 1986, with descriptions of two new cichlid species of the genus Apistogramma (Teleostei, Perciformes, Geophaginae) from northern Peru
Uwe Römer, David Patricio Soares, Carmen Rosa García Dávila1, Fabrice Duponchelle, Jean-François Renno & Ingo Hahn

According to the senior author, the re-described Apistogramma payaminonis might be equal to the species I have labelled Apistogramma sp. "D3", a fish collected in the Caqueta Department in Colombia:

Male:


     

Female:


     

The Apistogramma wolli sp. n. corresponds with the Apistogramma  cf. payaminonis (Pantoja) we collected in 2012, near Pantoja, Peru:


     

The Apistogramma feconat sp. n.  corresponds with the fish which up to now has been known as
Apistogramma sp. "Zwilling / Twin".

We collected it in the Río Tigre drainage in 2010:


     


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A new Apistogramma cf. ortegai - form from the Río Sumón.

September 2015

The September 2015-trip to the Peruvian Amazon brought us to the Río Sumón , a tributary to the Río Yahuasyacu, which is a tributary to the Río Ampiyacu (Pebas area).


     

Here lives an interesting, rare Apistogramma sp. aff./cf. ortegai (?) form:

Apistogramma sp. aff. ortegai (Río Sumón / Montenegro)

Male:

     

Female:



     


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Apistogramma sp. "Mitú", a rare guest.

February 2015

This beautiful species was second found, collected and imported by Uwe Werner and his travel companions in 1996. It was portrayed by Glaser & Glaser the same year, under the name Apistogramma. sp. "Río Vaupés", which led to repeated
confusions with the Apistogramma uaupesi.

It has probably not been in the hobby since 1996, as the collectors never succeeded to breed this species.

I got a few very small specimens of this species a couple of month ago, and now they have grown up nicely:


(Updated: This is Apistogramma sp. "Rautenband/Diamond band")


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The amazing Apistogramma sp. "Gigas" has been scientifically described


December 2014

The former Apistogramma sp. "Gigas" has been described, as Apistogramma kullanderi
You'll find the complete description here:
A titan among dwarfs: Apistogramma kullanderi, new species (Teleostei: Cichlidae)
Henrique R. Varella & Mark H. Sabaj Pérez


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Apistogramma cf. personata, different locations, one species?

October 2014

Before I went to the Amazon this year, a kind and knowledgeable person from Colombia travelled to Mitú, Colombia, to collect some fishes for me.
While I was in Leticia in October, this person kindly brought me  Apistogramma cf. personata from several locations around Mitú.

This is the Apistogramma cf. personata from Caño Mítuseño, Mitú, Colombia:



and this is the more high bodied form from the Caño Cucura:


     


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Apistogramma sp. (Río Tigre), two new species?

October 2014

From my trip to the Amazon in 2014, I also brought back these two forms of Apistogramma, collected in the headwaters of the Río Tigre.
Whether they are two forms of the same species, or two species of their own, remains to see. They seem anyway to be close related to Apistogramma paulmuelleri:


     

             Apistogramma sp. "Río Tigre I"                                                  Apistogramma sp. "Río Tigre II"


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Apistogramma sp. (Río Purus), a new species?

October 2014

From my trip to the Amazon in 2014, I could bring back this new (at least to me!) form of Apistogramma said to be from the Río Purus:


     

Updated: No, it's most likely not a new species. It's probably A 176, Apistogramma cf. atahualpa

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Apistogramma cf. cacatuoides (Río Acre), an unusual form.

October 2014

From my trip to the Amazon in 2014, I brought back this form of A. cf. cacatuoides (?) said to be from the Río Acre, with some unusual colors and markings:


     


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Apistogramma  bitaeniata (Río Corrientes)

October 2014

On my expedition to the Río Corrientes in 2014, I collected this beauty. The "beauty potential" seems to be almost the same as in the neighbouring location, the Río Tigre:





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Apistogramma agassizii (Río Corrientes); Several color forms collected.


October 2014

On my expedition to the Río Corrientes in 2014, I collected these beauties, in small tributaries to the same stream
(The second one I called "Mr. Beautiful"):




     


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Apistogramma cf. cacatuoides (Río Corrientes), a form with unusual abdominal stripes.

October 2014

On my expedition to the Río Corrientes in 2014, I collected this form of A. cf. cacatuoides, with quite special shaped abdominal stripes:





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Apistogramma sp. "Nadelstreifen", a new (?) color form collected.

October 2014

On one of my expeditions in the Amazon in 2014, I collected a colorform different from the one we collected in 2008. I have never seen this form earlier:


     


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Apistogramma sp. "Kelleri", two color forms collected.

October 2014

On one of my expeditions in the Amazon in 2014, I collected a yellow colorform which I have never seen before:


     

3 kilometers away from this location, I also found the "normal" colorform, with red markings in the face:





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The fish formerly known as Apistogramma sp. "Papagei" has been scientifically described, as Apistogramma ortegai.

October 2014

You'll find the complete description here:

Apistogramma ortegai (Teleostei: Cichlidae), a new species of  cichlid fish from the Ampyiacu River in the Peruvian Amazon basin
RICARDO BRITZKE, CLAUDIO OLIVEIRA & SVEN O. KULLANDER



Our profile on A. ortegai

This description claims to include all the species / forms from the actual area with a double caudal spot. We therefor have to change names on the other forms too.
We will anyway still keep them separated, as we think these forms need to be examined further before we'll accept that they are all forms of the same species.

Former A. sp. "Pebas" - forms will be labelled A. cf. ortegai (Pebas)

Former A. sp. "Roca Eterna" will be labelled A. cf. ortegai (Roca Eterna).


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Apistogramma hongsloi, the holotype form, has been collected.

July 2014

These specimens were collected not fare from the location where the holotype was collected 35 year ago.
Wonderful to see the holotype form, with no red markings.

Just a few specimens were collected this time. Let's hope some will be available in the hobby soon.

(Thank you, Daniel, for permission to publish the photos!)


     


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Apistogramma viejita has finally found it's way into the hobby again.

May 2014

These specimens came in an import to the US in March 2014. Said to be collecte at the type locality, Mozambique Lake, Puerto Lopez, Colombia.

Male and female Apistogramma viejita: (Thank you, C. Lor, for permission to publish the photos!)


     


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Apistogramma (cf.) personata is finally in the hobby!

March 2014

(Thank you, Daniel, for permission to publish the photo!)




So far it's only in Hong Kong. See this thread at apistogramma.com for additional photos.


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Apistogramma helkeri, a new species of Apistogramma has been described


December 2013

You'll find the description here:

Description of Apistogramma helkeri sp. n., a new geophagine dwarf cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from the lower río Cuao (Orinoco drainage) in Venezuela
Ingo Schindler & Wolfgang Staeck


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Apistogramma guttata, long time no see, has finally found it's way to my tanks.


October 2013

And already, a very small, tiny female is leading her few, second fry around:


     


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Apistogramma aguarico, a new species of Apistogramma, has been described


September 2013

Apistogramma aguarico sp. n.: A new species of geophagine cichlid fish (Teleostei: Perciformes) from the Ecuadorian and Peruvian río Napo system
Uwe Römer & Ingo Hahn

A species I find quite difficult to distinguish from the Apistogramma playayacu...


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We at last found and collected "The holy grail"

May 2013

On the most recent trip to the Amazon, in October 2012, we collected this very rare species, in the border area Peru/Ecuador:

Apistogramma cf. payaminonis (Pantoja):


Updated:This is Apistogramma wolli!

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The newly described Apistogramma playayacu (A 84) has been brought home:


May 2013

These beautiful fishes were collected in the vicinity of the Río Aguarico, Río Napo drainage, border area Peru/Ecuador


     

Updated:This is most likely Apistogramma sp. "Blutauge"

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The fish formerly known as Apistogramma sp. "Masken" has been scientifically described, as Apistogramma paulmuelleri.

April 2013

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You'll find the complete description here:

Description of Apistogramma paulmuelleri sp. n., a new geophagine cichlid species (Teleostei: Perciformes) from the Amazon river basin in Loreto, Peru
Uwe Römer, Joscha Beninde, Fabrice Duponchelle, Carmen Rosa García Dávila,
Antonia Vela Díaz, & Jean-François Renno



Our profile on A. paulmuelleri


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Three yellow & blue forms of Apistogramma cf. cacatuoides.

March 2013

On the last trip to the Amazon, in October 2012, we collected Apistogramma cf. cacatuoides on three different locations in the Peruvian Amazon:

Apistogramma cf. cacatuoides (Río Curaray):




Apistogramma cf. cacatuoides (Pantoja, Río Aguarico (Napo)):




Apistogramma cf. cacatuoides (Río Putumayo):




I give them a "cf." because their females don't show the lateral band in breeding dress, just a lateral spot:





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Long time no see;  Apistogramma juruensis [A 197]

August 2012

These beautiful fishes were collected in the vicinity of Cruzeiro do Sul, on the Río Juruá, Brazil.

               Apistogramma juruensis                                                                   From the Río Juruá


     


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Another true beauty; Apistogramma bitaeniata from the Río Nieva

August 2012

Is this a potentially even more beautiful form of Apistogramma bitaeniata than the color-form from the Río Tigre?
It seems to have even more red and blue in it than the Río Tigre form!


     

It was collected in the Río Nieva drainage, in northern Peru, in June 2012. The location is much further up towards the Andes than any other location known to me, for this species. The closest so far is probably collections from a strain in the Río Pastaza.
The actual area is not very far from the habitat of the highly sought after Nannostomus rubrocaudatus.





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The fish formerly known as Apistogramma sp. "Black-chin" has been scientifically described, as Apistogramma allpahuayo.

July 2012

You'll find the complete description here:

Description of Apistogramma allpahuayo sp. n., a new dwarf cichlid species (Teleostei: Perciformes: Geophaginae) from in and around the Reserva Nacional Allpahuayo Mishana, Loreto, Peru
U. Römer, J. Beninde, F. Duponchelle, A. Vela Díaz, H. Ortega, I. Hahn, D.P. Soares, C.D. Cachay, C.R.G. Dávila, S.S. Cornejo & J.-F. Renno




Our profile on A. allpahuayo


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A new Apistogramma from Peru

April 2012

This is probably the second time this species is found and collected at all!
At second glance they look to have similarities with Apistogramma cacatuoides, but there are several features being totally different, so this is a completely new species.
There are specimens with a red pattern in the caudal fin (called  Apistogramma sp. "Shaly"):


     

and some without the red pattern (called Apistogramma sp. "Rocafuerte"):


     


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9 new species of Apistogramma have been described

April 2012

The 9 new species, from the Río Orinoco drainage, are:

Apistogramma caudomaculata
Apistogramma lineata
Apistogramma pedunculata

Apistogramma flabellicauda
Apistogramma minima
Apistogramma piaroa

Apistogramma intermedia
Apistogramma nororientalis
Apistogramma megaptera


Description of Apistogramma megaptera could be downloaded here:

Apistogramma megaptera (Perciformes: Cichlidae), una nueva especie para la cuenca del Orinoco
L. MESA & C. LASSO


The other species are described in this paper:

III. Revisión del género Apistogramma Regan 1913 (Perciformes, Cichlidae) en la cuenca del río Orinoco.
L. MESA & C. LASSO

Mike Wise's opinions of the species (May 4, 2012):

Apistogramma megaptera = [A 166] A. cf. sp. "Breitbinden" (Kurzlappen)
Apistogramma piaroa = [A 164] A. sp. "Breitbinden" (Revised June 2013)
Apistogramma flabellicauda = [A 156] (Bork photo only); previously considered a form of A. uaupesi
Apistogramma lineata = New species (close to A. iniridae & A. sp. Blutkehl)
Apistogramma minima = [A 141] A. sp. "Weißsaum/White-seam" / A. sp. "Tavi"
Apistogramma caudomaculata = A. hoignei (Uracoa)?
Apistogramma intermedia = New species close to A. hoignei
Apistogramma nororientalis = New species close to A. hoignei (Picture here)
Apistogramma pedunculata = A. sp. "Caura"


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A recently collected TRUE Apistogramma viejita!

April 2012

This fish was found as a contaminant (by-catch) in a tank of wild Rams in a fish shop in the U. S.
Unfortunately only a male was available, no females.
To me, the spots in the caudal fin, the less prominent red seam in the dorsal fin, the different blue markings in the face, and the red border on the ventral fins all indicate a new location...but at last we see this species!





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Apistogramma (cf.) resticulosa

March 2012

This Apistogramma resticulosa form was collected in the Río Madre de Dios - drainage (near Puerto Maldonado, Peru) in December 2011. This is probably the second time this species is found in this drainage.


     


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Apistogramma urteagai

March 2012

A new color form of A. urteagai was collected in Desember 2011 near Puerto Maldonado, Río Madre de Dios - drainage, Peru. The blue color in the face is amazing and totally unusual.


     


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Apistogramma moae

March 2012

This species, which is very rarely seen, was collected by some local fishermen the last month of 2011.


     


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Apistogramma sp. "Cruzeiro"

March 2012

This species, which is quite rare, was collected by local fishermen in December 2011.


     


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