AMAZONAS Mystery Species Answers
30 Apr, 2015
Cherax sp. “Apocalypse Red Claw” Crayfish. This exciting new form seen here for the first time lives not far from the locations of the well-known variant with white-tipped blue claws (Ap
ocalypse Orange Tiger,” introduced in AMAZONAS September/October 2017), close to the border between West Papua in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has started to enter the aquarium trade in Europe, and North American aquarists can hope it makes its way here soon. —Hans-Georg Evers. See the November/December 2017 AMAZONAS. (BLUE-EYES Issue—see also the species below.)
Redhead Vieja Cichlid, humphead male in full courtship coloration. This species is officially now Vieja melanura, but many know it as Cichlasoma synspilum—or even Heros melanurus. AMAZONAS author Michael Pilack, who breeds this fish and took the photograph, believes that two distinct species may eventually emerge from this tangle of names and big, lovable cichlids. A must-read for cichlid lovers and taxonomy sleuths. See the November/December 2017 AMAZONAS. (BLUE-EYES Issue—see also the species below.)
Displaying male Pseudomugil luminatus, a lovely species of Blue-eye sometimes called the “Red Neon” Blue-eye and described by Dr. Gerry Allen et al in 2016. Allen, G. A., P. J. Unmack & R. K. Hadiaty (2016): Pseudomugil luminatus, a new species of Blue-eye (Teleostei: Pseudomugilidae) from southern New Guinea, with notes on P. gertrudae. – Fishes of Sahul, 30(1): 950–961. Image: Hans-Georg Evers. Read an account of tracking it in the wild in the November/December AMAZONAS.
A rare Colombian livebearer, Priapichthys nigroventralis, male. Image: Dirk Stojek. See article in the September/October 2017 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. Note length of gonopodium, approximately 40% of the total length of the body. “Gonopodial length 37 to 43 per cent of standard length (in this genus).” Rosen, D.E. American Museum of Natural History, Notivates, 10/20/1967.
Turquoise Dragon Betta: Betta sp. “Antuta”. Image by Paul Voltava and courtesy Randy Hegstad/Southland Aquatics. More information in the July/August issue of AMAZONAS.
Geophagus sp. “Orange Head Tapajos”: a beautiful, undescribed eartheater from the Rio Tapajos. Image: M. Pedersen.
Dicrossus foirini, a Rio Negro checkboard-type dwarf cichlid. See AMAZONAS, May/June 2016 for short profile by Hans-Georg Evers. Image: F. Wang.
Golden Julie, Julidochromis ornatus, is a Lake Tanganyika endemic related to the Checkered Julie, J. marlieri, also known as Marlier’s Julie. See AMAZONAS, Jan/Feb 2016. Image: Hans-Georg Evers.
Redfin Bala Shark, Cyclocheilichthys janthochir: A beautiful barb from Borneo that Thomas Weidner says deserves to be more popular. AMAZONAS, Species Snapshots, November/December 2015. Image: T. Weidner.
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Male Cyphotilapia gibberosa ‘Blue Zaire’—a Lake Tanganyika humphead species closely related to C. frontosa. See page 72, Amazonas November/December 2015. Image: M. Eberhardt/Amazonas.
Skunk Cory, Corydoras arcuatus: This is the true Skunk Cory, a large fish with a pointed snout. See pages 36-37 of AMAZONAS Volume 4-6, November/December 2015. Article by Steven Grant, image by Hans-Georg Evers.
Barred Rainbowfish, Chilatherina fasciata “Pagai”. Image by Michael Wagner. Male upper
Puntius denisonii ‘Gold’ — the Golden Roseline Torpedo Barb. Written about by Mike Tuccinardi in the Nov/Dec 2015 AMAZONAS. Image: M. Tuccinardi
The Red Badis, Badis ruber, whose husbandry and breeding are covered in the November/December AMAZONAS. Image: Hansjürgen Dieke.
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Apistogramma agassizii “Fire Gold”, Image by Hans-Georg Evers.
Male Laimosemion mahdiaensis, Mahdia Killifish. Image by Oliver Helker
Mystery Fish #3: Schistura spiloptera, Spotfin Stone Loach. Image by Jens Kühne.