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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    Laetacara araguaiae. Photo by Frank M. Greco (CC BY 3.0) A diagnoses of Laetacara species has been published in Vertebrate Zoology authored by Felipe Polivanov Ottoni. This latest article attempts to unify all prior descriptions and modifications of known species of Laetacara. If you are...
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    For cichlid hobbyists that collect stamps or even if you are not a stamp collector, cichlids depicted on stamps are fun and interesting. As expected, several African nations put out a variety of stamps with cichlid artwork (just google "cichlid stamps"). Most stamps depict species local to...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    Crenicichla dandara, female (A) and juvenile (B). Photos by Oliver Lucanus/Publication Formerly known as Crenicichla sp. 'Xingu III', the newest described pike cichlid has been named Crenicichla dandara. This species is a member of the lugubris group, the largest-sized pike cichlids. C. dandara...
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    A short video of an impressive pair of Maskaheros argenteus spawning by scalare1973 Cichlids. Found along various rivers in southern Mexico and Guatemala, Maskaheros argenteus prefers ponds or slow moving waters. Feeding mostly on crustaceans and some plant matter, M. argenteus can reach a...
  5. General Aquaria Discussion
    Crenicichla ploegi. Male (left) and female (right). Photo by Marcelo Krause A new species of pike cichlid, Crenicichla ploegi, has been recently described. This species can be found in streams and rivers of the Mato Grosso State in central Brazil. C. ploegi is part of the Crenicichla saxatilis...
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    Pelvicachromis taeniatus as they mature. Image by Dr. Denis Meuthen - University of Bonn It is common for subdominant males to not display their brightest coloration in the presence of a dominant male. Some species' males, like Chindongo (Pseudotropheus) saulosi, even take on the coloration...
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    Amphilophus citrinellus. Photo by George Chernilevsky (CC BY-SA 4.0) Amphilophus citrinellus, popularly known as the Midas cichlid, can be found in ponds and lakes throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua. An opportunistic predator, A. citrinellus eats pretty much anything it can find in the rocks...
  8. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Satellite image of Amazon River. Photo by NASA A new study published in the journal Fish and Fisheries has linked fish population to the amount of forest surrounding the body of water in the Amazon River basin. Although the study isn't cichlid specific, it can be assumed that cichlid...
  9. General Aquaria Discussion
    Pterophyllum leopoldi. Photo by Hodowlaniec . (CC BY-SA 3.0) One of the three recognized angelfish species, Pterophyllum leopoldi is also the smallest. Reaching no more than a couple inches in length, P. leopoldi can also be the most aggressive of the relatively docile genus. The species can...
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    An amazing video of the Liquid Rainbow River of Colombia by Ivan Mikolji. The Liquid Rainbow River, or Caño Cristales, runs through an isolated mountain range in the center of Colombia. For a brief period each year the river explodes with colors ranging from reds, pinks and yellows thanks to...
  11. General Aquaria Discussion
    Astronotus crassipinnis. Photo by Sebastian Jurado Garcia (CC BY-SA 3.0) Most everyone in the hobby should be familiar with Astronotus ocellatus, aka Oscar. Found in almost all pet stores and first cichlid aquariums, the Oscar is just one of those species that even non-hobbyists can identify...
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    Male Apistogramma megastoma is breeding colors. Photo from publication . Found in the Río Jutai along the border of Peru and Brazil, Apistogramma megastoma has finally been described. This species has gone by temporary and trade names including A. sp. "Diamond Face" and A. sp. "Jutai"...
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    Mesonauta insignis. Photo by Clinton & Charles Robertson (CC BY 2.0) Mesonauta insignis is one of six species belonging to the small Mesonauta genus. All species within the genus are commonly called flag cichlids. Since the common name is used for all species in the genus, there is often...
  14. General Aquaria Discussion
    Female Thorichthys panchovillai. Photo from Revista Peruana de Biología publication . A new species of Thorichthys, found in the Coatzacoalcos River of Southern Mexico, has been formally described. Presumably named after the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, Thorichthys panchovillai appears...
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    Teleocichla prionogenys. Photo by Vassil (CC0 1.0) Teleocichla prionogenys is a species rarely seen in the hobby. Teleocichla is a relatively new genus with a handful of species, all which have been characterized by their small size and streamlined bodies. T. prionogenys grows to only about...
  16. General Aquaria Discussion
    Gymnogeophagus balzanii. Photo by Dave Hansen Gymnogeophagus balzanii is a species a cichlid found in various countries in South America including Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. G. balzanii is one of many species commonly known as eartheaters. They get this name because they scoop up...
  17. General Aquaria Discussion
    Xyliphius sofiae. Credit: Mark Sabaj/Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. A new species of catfish from the dark, murky waters of the Amazon River has been named after the discoverer's daughter. Xyliphius sofiae was first discovered years ago but not until recently given a species...
  18. General Aquaria Discussion
    A great video showing a pair of Red Spotted Severum spawning. Video courtesy of Jim Cumming The Red Spotted Severum is variant of Heros efasciatus, not a Heros severus. More specifically, the Red Spotted variant is a line bred Gold Severum for the red coloration. The different color variants...
  19. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Great Lakes Aquarium - Lake Malawi exhibit The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, MN just opened their newest exhibit. The Unsalted Seas exhibit is home to the largest sturgeon touch-tank in North America and also displays their African Rift Lakes tanks. The Amazing Amazon exhibit also has a...
  20. General Aquaria Discussion
    Paraneetroplus synspilus. Photo by George Chernilevsky Paraneetroplus synspilus can be found in the Usumacinta River system of Southern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. This fish can be found under several names, both scientific and common. They include Vieja and Cichlasoma synspila, redhead...
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