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Calvus vs Compressiceps

Postby Jonesab7 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:18 pm

In researching Tangs, it seems like the Calvus and Compressicepts are very similar. I am curious:

What differences have you noticed in these two species?
How hard are they to tell apart?
How likely is a LFS to mix them up?
Are they priced similarly?
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Re: Calvus vs Compressiceps

Postby tanker3 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:24 pm

I am not much of a Tang Cichlid person, but if I am correct-Calvus have no scales on their heads are also not quite as "tall bodied". Yes, they are so similar in looks and behavior that I think many LFS mix them up.
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Re: Calvus vs Compressiceps

Postby engotski » Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:44 am

Calvus have pronounced pearls on their bodies and Comps are more muscular bodied.
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Re: Calvus vs Compressiceps

Postby plug » Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:10 am

I have both in my Tang Tank, and even though the bodies look the same, I find it very easy to differentiate them
Of course the pearls on the calvus is a dead give away, plus the difference in colours
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