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Apistogramma ortegai, a new species of South American cichlid

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 14, 2014 09:00 AM
Apistogramma is a genus consisting of 84 species of gorgeous tropical South American dwarf cichlids. Make that 85 species now. Meet A.ortegai.


Apistogramma_cacatuoides.jpgWe can tell the photos published in Zootaxa do not show A.ortegai in all its potential glory.  The male in particular is guaranteed to be much more of a show-stopper when he flairs his impressive fins.  Just look at his long, streaming (but collapsed) dorsal and anal fins!  When open, we expect the a fully developed displaying male A.ortegai may look similar to the A.cacatuoides pictured to the right, whose female (forefront) coincidentally looks awfully similar to the female A.ortegai.  However, the researchers find that A.ortegai belongs to the Apistogramma regani species group.

Apistogramma ortegai was discovered in shallow Peruvian streams like the one pictured below where the waters are acidic, turbid, and rich in dissolved organics.

Apistogramma are awesome little fish that is commonly kept and bred by aquarists.


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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