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The fish formerly known as Apistogramma sp. "Caquetá" [A 84] has been scientifically described, as Apistogramma playayacu.

December 2011


(The picture is published with permission of PD Dr.habil. Uwe Römer)

You'll find the complete description here:

Apistogramma playayacu sp. n.: Description of a new cichlid species (Teleostei: Perciformes: Geophaginae) from the Río Napo system, Ecuador
UWE RÖMER, JOSCHA BENINDE & INGO HAHN


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Apistogramma sp. "Matses"

November 2011

This species, with similarities, and some differences, with A. nijsseni and A. panduro, might be the same as listed as Apistogramma sp. "Nijsseni-New".  Although the latter never showed any rows of blue spots in the caudal fins.

I collected this amazing new member of the A.-nijsseni-group in the Río Galvez-drainage in October 2011.


     

     

Our profile on Apistogramma sp. "Matses"


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Apistogramma sp. "Tahuayo" [A 79]

November 2011

As far as I know, this species hasn't been exported since the year 2000, so there are probably not many of them around.

I was lucky and found and collected this beautiful member of the A.-eunotus- subcomplex in the
Río Tahuayo-drainage in October 2011.


     


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Apistogramma sp. "Kosho-Kosho"

October 2011

Another "new" Apistogramma form, collected near Puerto Maldonado, Peru, in September 2011.
This one seems to be close related to A. urteagai too.

It was named after a pet name the fisherman uses for his youngest son :-)


     


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A new form of Apistogramma?

October 2011

This Apistogramma was collected in the upper Río Itaya area, Peru, in July 2011.
Black markings like the cheek stripe and the caudal spot, and the low, even dorsal fin, indicates a very close relationship with Apistogramma sp. "Oregon", but the caudal fin shows vertical bars (!), and the abdominal spots forming kind of stripes, indicates that this could be something new.





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Apistogramma (cf.) salpinction has been collected.

September 2011

This is probably the second photographs of a live A. (cf.) salpinction ever.
The fish was collected not very far from Manaus, Brazil, by the young Apistogramma- enthusiast Hudson Ensz in May 2011.
It is called a "cf." mainly because it was collected on the opposite side (southern) of the Río Amazonas than where the original A. salpinction was found.
From the original description: "Distinguished from all other species of Apistogramma by the color pattern, which includes a lateral band and abdominal stripes which are darker and have much lighter interspaces on the caudal peduncle, and which are extended onto the caudal fin base by a caudal spot divided into elongated blotches continuing the lateral band and upper two abdominal stripes, respectively."


     

Want to see more of Hudson's world? His site could be found here:  http://passionate4pikes.wordpress.com/


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A new Apistogramma species collected near Puerto Maldonado, Peru

August 2011

The new species, collected by Jeff Cardwell, is probably related to A. urteagai.


     


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The fish formerly known as Apistogramma sp. "Schwarzbrust" has been scientifically described, as Apistogramma cinilabra.

April 2011

You'll find the complete description here:

Apistogramma cinilabra sp.n.: Description of a potentially endangered endemic cichlid species (Teleostei: Perciformes: Cichlidae) from the Departamento Loreto, Peru
Römer, Duponchelle, Diaz, Davilla, Sirvas, Catchay & Renno  2011




Our profile on A. cinilabra


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Apistogramma sp. "Rotpunkt"/cf. alacrina - new location found:

March 2011

A. Stalsberg collected this fish in March 2011, in the surroundings of Tena, Ecuador. This collection increase our knowledge of the distribution range of A. sp. "Rotpunkt"/cf. alacrina. The collecting location belongs to the upper Río Napo drainage.


     


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Apistogramma sp. "Zwilling" - new location found:

November 2010

In October 2010, I found these exciting fishes in a tributary of a tributary of the Río Tigre, Peru


     


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A true beauty; Apistogramma bitaeniata from the Río Tigre

November 2010

I collected some of these in October 2010, in a very small tributary to the Río Tigre, Peru


     


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Not so common in the hobby: Apistogramma cf. commbrae

November 2010

Collected by some friends of mine in November 2010, near Bella Union in Uruguay
It is a "cf." because the caudal spot is not totally separated from the bar 7.





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Long time no see; Apistogramma sp. "Winkelfleck" (Dark form) [A 45]

October 2010

This amazing species was collected in October 2010.
They were found in a southern (right) tributary of the Río Amazonas, between Pebas in Peru and Leticia in Colombia.


     


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A rare form of Apistogramma (cf.) luelingi from Río Urubamba, Peru

October 2010

These wonderful fishes were collected in October 2010.

They lack the black or black-ringed yellow or reddish stripes or spots that this species some times shows in the upper part of the caudal fin, but it has the prominent thick, slanting, and vertically-extending streaks on the lower part of the body.


     


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An amazing color-form of Apistogramma eremnopyge.

October 2010

These fishes were collected in Peru in September 2010, amazingly in the Río Tigre drainage! (New location = new population?)
Most of the males seem to have a lot more blue markings and less red in the face.


     


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A spectacular form of Apistogramma sp. (cf.) "Breitbinden" (Colombia).


August 2010

These wonderful fishes were collected in a small tributary to the Río Inirida in July 2010, only about 1 km. from the possibly new species mentioned below.


     


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A new(?) Apistogramma-brevis-group species intermediate between
A. sp. "Breitbinden" and A. personata.

July 2010

This possibly new species was collected in a small tributary to the Río Inirida, Colombia, in June 2010.




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Apistogramma (cf.) personata [A 172] has been collected

February 2010

Apistogramma (cf.) personata has not been seen for many years.
This might be the second time since Uwe Werner and his fellow travelers brought it back in 1995.
A Japanese collector and a local fisherman collected the fish near the town of Mitú, Río Vaupés drainage in Colombia, in January 2010.

     


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Has the A. sp. "Kelleri" been collected in the Río Jutai (Brazil)?

December 2009

We met the fisherman who had collected these fishes in the Río Jutai, October 2009. They look vey much like the A. sp. "Kelleri" which was collected in Leticia (Brazil) in 2008.
It is sold in Germany as Apistogramma sp. "Diamond face". Of course there are also similarities with A. barlowi

Male:


     

Female:


     

Update: This fish is not from the Río Jutai; they were actually collected in the Leticia-area, Colombia, and they are the same fish known as Apistogramma sp. "Kelleri".


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A new Apistogramma in the A.-cacatuoides-group (?) from Río Jutai (Brazil)


October 2009

This fish was collected in Río Jutai, Brazil, in October 2009. Obviousely a new species.


     

The "cheveron" pattern (here marked in red) reminds of the markings of A. staecki:


     


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Apistogramma sp. "Alto Tapiche" has been collected.

October 2009

In 2008 the japanese Minoru Matsuzaka bought a fish from a fisherman in Río Tapiche,
and presented this picture of it:




In October 2009, we decided that we wanted to find this fish and have a look at it's habitat.

This brought us out on a 1136 km long trip on Río Ucayali and Río Tapiche,
AND WE FOUND IT!:


     

Similarities with Apistogramma rubrolineata and Apistogramma cf. eunotus, but it was found a long distance from where these species lives.
This is, to me, obviousely a new species......


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Apistogramma sp. "Ruth" has been collected

October 2009

A fisherman presented the picture of this fish; he called it Apistogramma sp. "Ruth" (after a member of his family):




Of course we had to find it, collect it AND COUNT THE NUMBER OF HARD SPINES IN THE ANAL FIN.
Then you all know what species we are talking about :-).

We found the fish where the locals had found it: among Water Hyasints in a rest water pool near the mouth of the Río Itaya.
Although a well known species, the amount of blue pattern in the face and on the gill covers is unusual.
Could it be a new form?

This is how it looked like in a bag:


     

(For those who are not familiar with this species: It's Apistogrammoides pucallpaensis)


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Apistogramma sp. aff. huascar has been collected

October 2009

This fish was collected in the Río Tapiche drainage. It looks like a A. huascar, but it has a dorsal fin like A. sp. "Breitbinden" !





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3 "new" species were collected in the Río Napo drainage during the
October-2009 trip to the Peruvian Amazon:

October 2009

Apistogramma sp. "Río Napo 1"

This fish has much of the same colors as fish from the Pebas-area, but it doesn't show any double caudal spot.


     

Apistogramma sp. "Río Napo 2"

This fish resembles a lot of A. sp. "Rocka Eterna" (see below), but has a more slender body.


     

Apistogramma sp. "Río Napo 3"

This fish has many similarities with A. cruzi, and the locals used that name for this fish. Could it be a color form of A. cruzi?


     


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Apistogramma sp. "Roca Eterna" has been brought home.

November 2008

From the trip to South America/Peru in 2008, we brought a species home that might be a new species.
Obviousely an A. sp. "Pebas"-subcomplex fish:


     


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Apistogramma sp. "Needle-stripes/Nadelstreifen" has been collected.


November 2008

During the trip to South America in October 2008, we went, on a short trip, to Leticia, in Colombia.
Here, in the neighborhood of the town Leticia, we collected this very seldom collected species, in small streams. A few fishes were brought back home to Norway.
I. KOSLOWSKI considers this unic species as a bridge between the A. eunotus - subcomplex and the A. cruzi - subcomplex.


     

Our profile on A. sp. "Needle-stripes/ Nadelstreifen" is found here


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The fish formerly known as Apistogramma sp. "Río Mamoré" has been scientifically described, as Apistogramma erythrura

November 2008

You'll find the complete description here:

Apistogramma erythrura sp. n. - a new geophagine dwarf cichlid (Teleostei: Perciformes: Cichlidae) from the Río Mamoré drainage in Bolivia
Wolfgang Staeck & Ingo Schindler




Our profile on A. erythrura


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Another new Apistogramma in the A.-nijsseni-group, from Peru

June 2008

Have you ever seen an Apistogramma-nijsseni-group fish with spots in the anal fin ?
Well, here you can see one:





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A new Apistogramma-form from Peru?

May 2008

A new form of Apistogramma in the A.-eunotus-complex has been collected; it has a strange bar 7 and caudal spot:




Updated November 2008: We collected it in October 2008.
A report from the expedition can be found here, and a profile on the fish is here.


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Another form of Apistogramma cf. eunotus.

May 2008

The fish clearly shows a horizontally split caudal spot that is rather unusual (similar to the caudal spot seen on some Río Algodón populations of A. sp. "Putumayo").
It appears to be closely related to the typical Orangeschwanz form of A. cf. eunotus.
It is called Apistogramma cf. eunotus "Spaltenfleck /Split-Spot".
We got the information and the pictures of this new fish from my good friend Mark Breeze (UK).

Updated July 2008: Studies of preserved fish now indicates that this probably is an entirely new species, not a form of A. cf. eunotus.


     


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Apistogramma sp. "Maulbrüter" / "Mouthbrooder" has been described,
as Apistogramma barlowi

May 2008

Late 2007, U. Römer & I. Hahn described it, and named it after Dr. George W. Barlow, one of the most eminent cichlid researcher of the past half century - especially in cichlid behavior.
Dr. Barlow also wrote the very interesting book "The cichlid fish. Nature's grand experiment in evolution"

Apistogramma barlowi sp. n.: Description of a new facultativ mouth-breeding cichlid species
(Teleostei: Perciformes: Geophaginae) from Northern Peru

U. Römer & I. Hahn 2007


     

Our profiles on A. barlowi: The red/blue color form     The white color form


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The rediscovery of Apistogramma cf. payaminonis.

January 2008

In Desember 2007, a few specimens of a "new" Apistogramma came in to the Stingray Aquarium, in Iquitos, Peru.
A fisherman had collected them "close to the border Peru/Ecuador", and so far the more excact collecting location is not known.


KÄSTNER (2000) introduced a dwarf cichlid as A. payaminonis that has great similarities to the A. payaminonis known from Ecuador, but with some differences.
His specimens arrived in a regular import from Manaus, Brazil: this rule against an identity with A. payaminonis. The explanation is believed to be found in the trade of fish from Peru/Ecuador to Brazil.
The latest discovery of this fish, close to the border Peru/Ecuador, confirms that the fish originally comes from areas far from Brazil, and also makes the identity close to A. payaminonis more logic.


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The true (?) Apistogramma cruzi has been collected.

November 2007

On my last collection trip to the Amazon, in October 2007, I followed in the footsteps of dr. Kullander to the Río Mazan, and I found this beauty:


     


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A (new ?) Apistogramma form from Picuruyacu (Peru)

November 2007

On my last collection trip to the Amazon, in October 2007, I found this fish in a pond in Picuruyacu. The fish has similarities with A. cruzi, A. sp. "Nanay/Melgar", and even A. moa(?).
The name, until the fish is further examined, is Apistogramma sp. aff. cruzi (Picuruyacu).


     


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Three color forms of Apistogramma sp. "Nanay / Melgar"

November 2007

On my last collection trip to the Amazon, in October 2007, I found and collected these fishes in different locations in Loreto, Peru.
From left to right: Apistogramma sp. "Nanay/Melgar I" (Punchana), Apistogramma sp. "Nanay/Melgar II" (Río Nanay), and Apistogramma sp. "Nanay/Melgar" "Bleeding heart"(Laguna de Quistococha):


     


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A new form of Apistogramma cf. eunotus from the Río Huallaga drainage.


November 2007

In August/September 2007, a new form of A. cf. eunotus was collected in the Río Huallaga drainage, north of Tarapoto (Peru).
Like A. cf. eunotus (Schwanzsterifen/Tail-stripes)[A 77] it has a distinct pattern in the caudal fin.
It is called Apistogramma cf. eunotus (Río Huallaga).
Here are pictures of both sexes, shot in one of my tanks:


     


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A new Apistogramma has been discovered.

August 2007

It was found in south-east Colombia, early in 2007.
It is so far given the name Apistogramma sp. "Kelleri". It seems to be closely related to Apistogramma sp. Maulbruter/Mouthbrooder.
Whether it is a mouthbrooder like its relative, is so far not known.


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A new form of Apistogramma huascar has been found in Peru.

August 2007

So far, the collecting location is a "trade secret".
Let's hope aquarists keep aware of the differences, and don't mix / crossbreed these two forms.

I have marked the differences between the original and the new form:





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