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Apistogramma pulchra

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  1. A. sp Erdfesser
    by Mike & Diane Wise <apistowise/bewellnet.com> (Fri, 05 Mar 1999)
  2. A. sp Erdfesser
    by Marco Lacerda <marcolacerda/ax.apc.org> (Fri, 05 Mar 1999)

A. sp Erdfesser

by Mike & Diane Wise <apistowise/bewellnet.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 1999
To: apisto/admin.listbox.com

Lars,

As far as I know, Marco Lacerda was the first exporter to collect and
ship A.
pulchra. It is indeed an A. agassizii-group species that looks much like
a round
tailed aggie, only the tail is covered by a lace like pattern of spots.
Check:

http://w5.dj.net.tw/~iris/a_pulch.JPG

for a picture of this species.

Mike Wise

Lcrabo@aol.com wrote:

> If the Mayland & Bork A. pulchra is sp "Erdfesser", what is the true identity
> of pulchra.  Is this an agassizii group fish?  I recall seeing a picture of
> male pulchra with chestnut-colored caudal somewhere (don't recall exactly
> where).  These resembled aggies.
>
> Lars (Bellingham, Washington)
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A. sp Erdfesser

by Marco Lacerda <marcolacerda/ax.apc.org>
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 1999
To: apisto/admin.listbox.com

Lcrabo@aol.com wrote:
> 
> If the Mayland & Bork A. pulchra is sp "Erdfesser", what is the true identity
> of pulchra.  Is this an agassizii group fish?  I recall seeing a picture of
> male pulchra with chestnut-colored caudal somewhere (don't recall exactly
> where).  These resembled aggies.
> 
> Lars (Bellingham, Washington)

Some photos of the real A. pulchra have been published:
1. In Oliver's column in TFH (Interesting Imports)
2. In Japanese book "Dwarf Cichlids" of Pisces Publishers
3. In German magazine DATZ (a note written by Wolfgang Staeck)
4. In German magazine Aquaristik aktuell
5. In TI magazine (in German), in a general article I wrote about farm-
breeding of Apistos in Brazil.
6. In "Aquarium" (Italian magazine), translation of above article.
Yes, it is close to A. agassizii, but the caudal fin is not pointed, but 
truncate or oval-shaped. The caudal-fin pattern is "lace-like", like 
Mike Wise so well described it. Also a lot of other diagnostic 
characters.
Regretably no photo of the true A. pulchra can be found in Aqualog, Bork 
& Mayland or Linke & Staeck books.




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