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This guy was in an unlabled tank at about 2"...

It looked just like a Salvini... I suspected male...

Well about 6 months later it's definitely not a Salvini... but it has a crush on my female Salvini... who hates him...

What is he?



He has the exact body shape as a Jag... but based on coloration & pattern he definitely is not a Jag...

I can only imagine it is in the same family as Jags… Here is the species list in our Profiles section for Parachromis:
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/c ... php?cat=40

After looking over those profiles I would lean toward Mota first… with loisellei & friedrichsthalii both possibilities… Yet in all reality I have to accept it is possibly a hybrid of two or more of the fish mentioned…

I have to emphasize how prominent his red freckles area… they are dots not squiggles… and they are throughout almost his entire body…
 

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Deffinately looks Moto to my eye, but Parachromis are deffinately not my speciality. I don't think Loisellei, they have more sloped heads from what I've seen. Pretty guy though.
 

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small round spots all over the gill plate makes me think it is a P.motaquensis male
 

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The pic above was taken by a friend last weekend... I can never get nice close ups... it shows the detail of his color very well...

I tried to get a good one of him tonight but he doesn't like me... this one does show his body/fin shape better...

...I'm willing to settle on Mota though...

 
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