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Apistogramma sororcula, a new dwarf cichlid

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 04, 2016 09:00 AM
It's remarkable how many new, showy tropical fish have been discovered lately. Cichlids get their turn at the spotlight with Apistogramma sororcula, a new and exquisite South American dwarf cichlid.
Apistogramma sororcula, a new dwarf cichlid

Apistogramma sororcula (male; yellow morph; color corrected image)

The genus Apistogramma currently has 91 recognized species (including Apistogramma sororcula), making it one of the most biodiverse tropical fish genera.  There are so many species that often times Apistogramma are simply sold in the aquarium trade as assorted dwarf cichlids or Apistogramma sp.  And like plecos and cories, there is a near certainty that some of the Apistogramma currently kept (and often bred) in captivity are yet unrecognized species.  Such was the case with Apistogramma sororcula, which is already found in the aquarium trade.

Apistogramma have some of the most spectacular fins of any tropical freshwater fish, and A.sororcula is no exception.  Like other Apistogramma, A.sororcula is sexually dimorphic; the males are larger and much more showy than the females.

Apistogramma sororcula most closely resembles Apistogramma staecki.  The new cichlid is the third (and final) new tropical fish described in the latest publication of Vertebrate Zoology that we've recently reported.


Apistogramma sororcula (male; blue morph)

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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