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Apistogramma cf. hoignei from Colombia

October 2018

Most Apistogramma (cf.) hoignei are reported (and described) from Venezuela. This form came from the Puerto Carreño area in Colombia. Of course it can not be excluded that they were collected in Venezuela and brought over the border.
The male's head and breast are predominated by yellow tones, and the typical black outer seam in the caudal fin here is mostly shown in the lower part of the fin:



The female has fry now, and she shows interesting black markings on the chin, throat and breast:


     


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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 Río 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 Río Vaupes.

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



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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:



 



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The Apistogramma sp. "D6"

May 2018

Some time ago, we believed that the now Apistogramma sp. "Rautenband" (see below) is the same species as the
A. sp. "Mitú" [A 109]. 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 Apistogramma sp. "Mitú" [A 109].

AND IT'S FINALLY HERE! :-)


     


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The Apistogramma sp. "D18" has arrived

May 2018

The fish we gave the preliminary name Apistogramma sp. "D18" has proved to most likely be identical with
the A. cf. alacrina (Guayas) [A 108].

It looks like this, in one of my tanks:


     

There also exists a fish we have given the preliminary name  Apistogramma sp. "D18b". This form 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.


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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.


     


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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 [A 160] and the A. sp. "Içana" [A 161], but doesn't quite match any of them.
It is probably another new species...




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Apistogramma sp. "Rautenband" is the new, preliminary name
for Apistogramma sp. aff. "Mitú"

February 2018

Frank Hättich and Uwe Römer have published the article:

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


DCG-Informationen
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.)

A couple of my fishes:


      


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




With its big head, long pelvic fins and long posteRíor 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 "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:


     


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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 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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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 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 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 first 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 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).


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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, first 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 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"):


     


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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 first 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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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 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 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 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 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 dobbel 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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