Can anyone help me with all the different lamprologus genuses? What's the significance of the quotes around 'lamprologus' as opposed to without? How closely related are they all? Can anyone point me towards an article or something that explains it?
It is my understanding that "lamprologus" is an out of date moniker sometimes still given to "neolamprologus". All lamprologines, within the cichlid genus, regardless of whether my "outdated moniker" theory holds up 8, are, of course, quite closely related.
For example: I have, in my posession, a 1/2 Neolamprologus Buescheri, 1/2 Altolamprologus Calvus Hybrid. This is rare but, obviously, it happens.
I only know of a few fish still commonly referred to as "Lamprologus" although I'm sure there's many more; namely Lamprologus Meleagris (AKA Neolamprologus Stappersi) and Lamprologus Furcifer.
"Lamprologus" refers to those (primarily) shell dwellers, that were once Neolamprologus, and perhaps again are Neolamprologus for now... LOL
The italics are important.
There is also Lepidiolamprologus, Variabiliochromis..
I wouldn't get incredibly hung up on the nomenclature though. The naming protocol is a human construct, and doesn't necessarily reflect how related species are. The naming seems to be somewhat fluid as well, fish moving around.. etc. There are fish that seem to be in the wrong genus at times, and at others they seem to be corrected.
Neolamprologus/Altolamprologus fasciatus is one such fish... originally described in 1898 as Lamprologus fasciatus, in 1998 Konings moved the fish to Altolamprologus. In 2007 Stephan KoblmÃƒÂ¼ller did phylogenetic research and concluded that they should be grouped with Neolamprologus.... Konings doesn't agree... so we have a bit of a split. In the end, us hobbyists should really just use these as labels.
I know, it is kind of confusing...
another article of note..
"The good news is that several teams of researchers have recently devoted substantial effort to sorting out these fishes; the bad news is that the results don't all agree with each other, so the process is ongoing."
I think this kind of sums it all up pretty nicely. LOL. This article is a lot more my level. Thanks for the information.