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Dear Fishfolk,

I was sold the fish below as Ps. philander dipsersus but I believe it is Ps. multicolor victoriae.
I am happy with the fish, they are very nice but I've been breeding them and don't want to mis-identify them and pass them on.

I have the book The Cichlid Fishes of Western Africa by Anton Lamboj (2004) and it shows this fish as Ps. multicolor victoriae. The old Baensch Atlas volume 1 has a photo of this fish as Ps. philander dispersus but I've been told it is wrong. The information online says the Ps. philander dispersus is often mis-identified as Ps. multicolor victoriae.

Any morphological features that can be used to separate these fish that doesn't require me sedating them and counting gill rakers, etc. ?

He doesn't have a cloudy eye, that's a photo artifact.


Best wishes,

Earl
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Dear FishFolk,

Thanks for the replies.

This wasn't a particlularly good photo, he's shy. He is usually a lot lighter coloured and is a very good looking fish. I got him from a reputable fish seller and I will buy from them again.

I've had Ps. multicolor (Egyptian mouthbrooders) and I keep Ps. nicholsi. I've been trying to get Ps. philander so I can say I've spawned all three established Pseudocrenilabrus genera. Just vanity I suppose. I haven't had any trouble selling or trading these guys as Ps. multicolor victoriae.

Best wishes,

Earl
 
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