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The Apistogramma sp. "D37" has been found in two new locations        
   (May 2018)

We collected the 
Apistogramma sp. "D37" in February 2017, in headwaters of the Rio Inirida. 
They were presented here earlier (April 2017). 

Recently this species has been found and collected in two new locations, both draining to headwaters of the Rio Vaupes.

The first one was given the nickname "A. sp. "D37" (Mega-purple) by a well known German 
And with good reason; it really shows purple color in my tank:


Specimens from the other location show a lot of yellow, and the German enthusiast called them A. sp. "D37" (Hyper-yellow). 
Again with good reason:


The Apistogramma sp. "D6"                                     
                                         (May 2018)

Some time ago, we believed that the now Apistogramma sp. "Rautenband" (see below) is the same species as (A 109) A. sp. "Mitú".
To make it short: It's not.

At the same time, I was chasing a fish that seemed to be a ghost; I saw photos and heard it was collected, but every attempt to get it from Colombia, failed.
We labelled the slender fish Apistogramma sp. "D6". 

This fish is most likely the true (A 109) Apistogramma sp. "Mitú".



The Apistogramma sp. "D18" has arrived                                                        (May 2018)

The fish we gave the preliminary name Apistogramma sp. "D18" has proved to be identical with 
the A 108 A. cf. alacrina (Guayas)
It looks like this, in one of my tanks:

There is also a fish we have given the preliminary name Apistogramma sp. "D18b". This usually shows less/different colors, and the spots (in the rows of spots) are orange and black. It is found in a different location than the "D18". 
I don't have any own photos of it, and no permission to publish other's photos.

And yet another new Apistogramma from Colombia                                            (March 2018)

Apistogramma sp. "D52" is definitely something completly new, and was collected in the eastern part of the country this month.


Another exciting Apistogramma from Colombia                                                         (March 2018)

Apistogramma sp. "D51" seems to be a member of the A.-iniridae-Group. 
It has similarities with both A. cf. iniridae (A160) and A. sp. "Içana" (A161), but doesn't quite match any of them. 
It is probably another new species...

Apistogramma sp. "Rautenband" is the new, preliminary name
for Apistogramma sp. aff. "Mitú" 
(Feb 2018)

Frank Hättich and Uwe Römer have published the article  

Apistogramma sp. „Rautenband“ – Ein aquaristisch neuer Zwergbuntbarsch aus dem
Einzug des Rio Vaupés

Die Zeitschrift der Deutschen Cichliden-Gesellschaft e.V.
49. Jahrgang, Nr. 2, Februar 2018

(The name "Rautenband" means "Diamond band" and refers to a pattern of diamonds (rhombi) often formed by the lateral band and additional dark scale-edges in the area of vertical bars 5-7.)

couple of my fishes:


Colombia 2017:

The Apistogramma sp. "D42" was collected in the Colombian Rio Negro drainage, just a stone's throw from both Venezuela and Brazil                 (Nov 2017)

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



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



Colombia 2017:
Two Apistogrammas from the headwaters of the Río Vaupés
                      (May 2017)

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





Apistogramma sp. "D50" (Alto Vaupés II):



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" (Rio Negro). (A 165)

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


From the Colombia trip 2017: Apistogramma sp. "D37"                           (April 2017)

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



A female, and the habitat:

A. sp. "D26"  -  A. sp. "D36" are presented
                                                (April 2017)

Most of the A. macmasteri-group-species we collected in the Colombian llanos during the first 2 weeks of the 2017 collection trip to Colombia, are presented in an article her. 

A. 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:


A suspected male:

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


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.


Apistogramma cf. megaptera/piaroa
form from Autana, Venezuela
                                                                                                                                                              (Nov. 2016)

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


An Apistogramma 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.
An unusual caudal spot!:


An Apistogramma cf. macmasteri form from the Tame area, Colombia                                                                                                                                                               (Nov. 2016)

Different from the forms seen from this area earlier.

Exciting Apistogramma within the Apistogramma-macmasteri-Group
from Colombia has arrived
                                                                              (Oct. 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:

The species that Linke & Staeck (1997) lists as A. sp. "Rio Guapore", Koslowski (2002) lists as A. cf. staecki "Guaporé", and Römer (2006) lists as A. sp "Guaporé 2" has been described, as Apistogramma sororcula                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Sept. 2016)

Apistogramma sororcula, a new dwarf cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from the drainage of the rio Guaporé in Bolivia and Brazil.

Wolfgang Staeck & Ingo Schindler

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




And another beauty from Colombia                        (May 2016)


And just another beauty from Colombia                        (May 2016)


Another amazing Apistogramma form from Colombia                        (May 2016)

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






Another Apistogramma-cruzi-subcomplex fish from Colombia               (May 2016)

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





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 without any red color:


Another exciting Apistogramma from Colombia                             (May 2016)

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

The first 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 one presentet himself, after several days hiding in the dark rear part of the tank:

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 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 (Press "Shift" while you click at the link, if you want to open it in a new window)

The Apistogramma sp. "D9" comes from the "Caño la libertad", 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 "Caño la libertad". It might be identical to the other Apistogramma (cf.) bitaeniata form collected by Heiko Bleher:


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:

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 most likely is not!

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 we collected this beautiful Apistogramma cf. cruzi form:

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:


Two new Apistogramma species from the rio Curuá on Serra do Cachimbo, Brazil, has been described; Apistogramma eleutheria and Apistogramma flavipedunculata.
                                                                                                    (April 2016)

Apistogramma eleutheria and Apistogramma flavipedunculata, two new species of dwarf cichlids from the rio 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

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 is equal to the species I have labelled Apistogramma sp. "D3", a fish collected in the Caqueta Department in Colombia:


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 Rio Tigre drainage in 2010:

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)




Apistogramma sp. "Mitú", a rare guest. (February 2015)

This beautiful species was first 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 A. sp. "Rio Vaupés", which led to repeated confusions with A. 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:

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

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

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 Caño Cucura:


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"

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 from the Río Purus:


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

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 (?) from the Río Acre, with some unusual colors and markings:


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 the neighbouring location, Río Tigre:


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

On my expedition to the Río Corrientes in 2014, I collected these beauties, in small tributaries to the same stream:



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 Apistogramma cf. cacatuoides, with quite special shaped abdominal stripes:



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:


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:

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 


Our profile on A. ortegai

This description claims to include all the species / forms from the actual area with a dobbel 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)


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 go. 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!)


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

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!)


Apistogramma (cf.) personata  is finally in the hobby! (March 2014): 

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

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

Apistogramma helkeri, a new species of Apistogramma has been described (December 2013): 

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

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

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


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...

We at last found and collected "The holy grail"

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

Apistogramma cf. payaminonis (Pantoja):


Updated:  This is Apistogramma wolli !


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

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


The fish formerly known as Apistogramma sp. "Masken" has been scientifically described, as Apistogramma paulmuelleri(April 2013)

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

Three yellow & blue forms of Apistogramma cf. cacatuoides 

On the last trip to the Amazon, 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: 


Long time no see;  Apistogramma juruensis ( A 197 )

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

               Apistogramma juruensis                                                               From Río Juruá


Another true beauty; Apistogramma bitaeniata from the Río Nieva

Is this a potentially even more beautiful form of Apistogramma bitaeniata than the colour 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.

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. Dup onchelle, 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

A new Apistogramma from Peru  (April-2012) 

This is probably the first time this species is found and collected at all!
At first 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"): 


9 new species of Apistogramma have been described

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

Apistogramma caudomaculata       Apistogramma flabellicauda 
Apistogramma intermedia               Apistogramma lineata
Apistogramma minima                     Apistogramma nororientalis
Apistogramma pedunculata            Apistogramma piaroa
Apistogramma megaptera 
(description of the latter could be downloaded here (See page 19):

The other species are described in the paper:
III. Revisión del género Apistogramma Regan 1913 (Perciformes, Cichlidae) en la cuenca del río Orinoco. Serie Recursos hidrobiológicos y pesqueros continentales de Colombia.  - Lina M. Mesa S. Carlos A. 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"/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"

A recently collected TRUE Apistogramma viejita!

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!


Exciting Apistogrammas from south-east Colombia

These Apistogramma were collected on 17 March 2012, in the Rio Vaupes drainage, Colombia.
The one at the left is probably A. personata or something closely related.
The other one seems to belong to the Apistogramma-regani-complex, it might be something related to A. sp. "São Gabriel", like A. sp. "Kuiari"?


Apistogramma (cf.) resticulosa

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

Apistogramma urteagai

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

Apistogramma moae

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

 Apistogramma sp. "Cruzeiro"

This species, wich is quite rarely seen, was collected by some local fishermen in the last month of 2011.


The fish formerly known as Apistogramma sp. "Caquetá" (A84) has been scientifically described, as Apistogramma playayacu.  (December  2011)

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

You'll find the complete description here: (Click link while pressing SHIFT to open link in a new window)

Apistogramma playayacu sp. n.: Description of a new cichlid species (Teleostei: Perciformes: Geophaginae) from the Rio Napo system, Ecuador

Apistogramma sp. "Matses" 

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.

Apistogramma sp. "Tahuayo" (A 79)

As far as I know, this species hasn't been exported since 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.

Apistogramma sp. "Kosho-Kosho"

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 :-)

A new form of Apistogramma? 

This Apistogramma was collected in the upper Rio 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. 


Apistogramma (cf.) salpinction
has been collected. 

This is probably the first 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 Rio 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/

A new Apistogramma species collected near Puerto Maldonado, Peru

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


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*Wolfgang Staeck & Ingo Schindler
Römer, Duponchelle, Diaz, Davilla, Sirvas, Catchay & Renno  2011

Our profile on A. cinilabra


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

In March 2011, A. Stalsberg collected this fish 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 Rio Napo drainage.


Apistogramma sp. "Zwilling" - new location found:

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


A true beauty; Apistogramma bitaeniata from the Río Tigre

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


Not so common in the hobby: Apistogramma cf. commbrae

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.


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

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


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

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.


Amazing color-form of Apistogramma eremnopyge.

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


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

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


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

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


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

Apistogramma (cf.) personata has not been seen for many years.
This might be the first 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 Mitu, Río Vaupes drainage in Colombia, in January 2010.


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

We met the fisherman who had collected this fish in the Rio Jutai, October 2009. This fish looks 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 also similarities with A. barlowi.



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

A new Apistogramma in the A.-cacatuoides-group (?) from Rio Jutai (Brazil), October 2009

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


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


Apistogramma sp. "Alto Tapiche" has been collected (October 2009).

In 2008 the japanese Minoru Matsuzaka bought a fish from a fisherman in Rio 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 Rio Ucayali and Rio Tapiche,


Similarities with Apistogramma rubrolineata, but it was found a long distance from the Rio Madre de Dios drainage, where A. rubrolineata lives.
This is, to me, obviousely a new species......

Apistogramma sp. "Ruth" has been collected (Oct.-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 Rio Itaya.
Although a well known species, the amount of blue pattern in the face and on the gill covers is very unusual. Could it be a new form?

This is how it looked like in a bag:

Apistogramma sp. aff. huascar has been collected (Oct. -2009).

This fish were collected in the Rio Tapiche drainage. Looks like a A. huascar, but it has a dorsal fin like A. sp. "Breitbinden" !

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

Apistogramma sp. "Rio Napo 1"

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


Apistogramma sp. "Rio Napo 2" 

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

Apistogramma sp. "Rio 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 ?

Apistogramma sp. "Roca Eterna" has been brought home.
From the trip to South America in 2008, we brought a species home that might be a new species.
Obviousely an A. sp. "Pebas"-subcomplex fish. 


Apistogramma sp. "Needle-stripes/Nadelstreifen" has been collected.
On the trip to South America in October 2008, we went, on a short trip, to Leticia, in Colombia.
Here, in the neighborhood of Leticia, we collected this very seldom collected species, in smal streams. A few fish were brought back to Norway.
I. Koslowski consider this unic species as a bridge with the A. eunotus - subcomplex and the A. cruzi - subcomplex.


Profile on this fish is found here.

The fish formerly known as Apistogramma sp. "Rio 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 rio Mamoré drainage in Bolivia
Wolfgang Staeck & Ingo Schindler

Our profile on A. erythrura

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:

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 on October 2008.  A report from the expedition kan be found here, and a profile of the fish is here.

Another form of Apistogramma cf. eunotus.
The fish clearly show 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.


Apistogramma sp. "Maulbrüter" / "Mouthbrooder" has been described,
as Apistogramma barlowi
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 og I. Hahn 2007


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

The rediscovery of Apistogramma cf. payaminonis.
In Desember 2007, a few specimens of a "new" Apistogramma came in to Stingray Aquarium, 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, 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.

The true (?) Apistogramma cruzi has been collected.
On my last collection trip to the Amazon, in October 2007, I followed in the footsteps of dr. Kullander to Rio Mazan, and I found this beauty:


A (new ?) Apistogramma form from Picuruyacu (Peru)
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 (P icuruyacu).


Three color forms of Apistogramma sp. Nanay / Melgar
On my last collection trip to the Amazon, in October 2007, I found this fish in different locations in Loreto, Peru.
From left to right: Apistogramma sp. Nanay
/Melgar I(Punchana), Apistogramma sp. Nanay/Melgar II (Rio Nanay), and Apistogramma sp. Nanay/Melgar "Bleeding heart"(Laguna de quistococha)


A new form of Apistogramma cf. eunotus from the Rio Huallaga drainage.
In August/September 2007, a new form of A. cf. eunotus was collected in the Rio 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 (Rio Huallaga).
Here are pictures of both sexes, shot in one of my tanks:


A new Apistogramma has been discovered.
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.
Pictures of the new species can be seen here:

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