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A new African cichlid: Ptychochromis mainty

By Leonard Ho - Posted Nov 30, 2015 09:00 AM
Ptychochromis mainty is a newly described species endemic to southern Madagascar. It may not be the most colorful cichlid, but its finnage - especially its elongated pelvic, anal, and soft dorsal fins - is beautiful! This species has likely been available within the aquarium trade since circa 2000.

Ptychochromis mainty is likely the same species as Ptychochromis sp "Tarantsy" (AKA Ptychochromis sp. "Fort Dauphin") because these cichlids hail from Tarantsy River and Lake Tarantsy in the Fort Dauphin region of Madagascar.  This rare and sought-after species (assuming it is the same species as Ptychochromis sp "Tarantsy") began to enter the aquarium trade circa the turn of the millennium and has been bred in captivity over the last decade.

Ptychochromis mainty is described in Zootaxa.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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