VIDEO: Aequidens paloemeuensis, a Rarity from Suriname

29 Apr, 2022

AMAZONAS contributor Oliver Lucanus introduces a true rarity in the freshwater aquarium hobby – Aequidens paloemeuensis.

Oliver Lucanus is excited to share an in-depth look at Aequidens paloemeuensis, a fantastic new cichlid making its aquarium hobby debut. Described in 1989, this species has a limited distribution, being found in the Paleomeu River, a tributary of the Tapanahony River in Suriname. Lucanus reports that this region is remote by any definition, being only accessible via small, chartered aircraft. The difficult logistics of bringing these fish to the trade means that Suriname’s fish are always going to fetch top-dollar.

Lucasus draws special attention to other species found with this cichlid, particularly Hypomasticus despaxi.
Lucanus draws special attention to other species found with this cichlid, particularly Hypomasticus despaxi.

While the Aequidens is meant to be the star of the show, the supporting cast is equally eye-catching. One could argue that Lucanus’s sidebar on Hypomasticus despaxi is extremely noteworthy! Plus, the biotope footage showing large groups of Guianacara sphenozona brings yet another attractive fish to your attention.

For lovers of somewhat monochromatic fish, Guianacara sphenozona is particularly eye catching.
For lovers of somewhat monochromatic fish, Guianacara sphenozona is particularly appealing.

We won’t give away too much of the story though, so watch below!

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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