Thanks Tom. Your travel reports have been an inspiration and are a valuable resource for the community. I hope my trip can lift a tip of the veil for the region around Tarapoto that isn't well known in the hobby and scientific literature. I will be traveling with a local who is very familiar with the region and who was part of the original discovery of A. baenschi. It will be part of an (ornamental) fish survey, currently unfunded but perhaps that will change. A. baenschi, or apistogramma in general, are not a specific target but as I am breeding them myself I do hope to see them in the wild, in addition to others like the cf. eunotus that has been reported from the Huallaga. Of course I may be sworn to secrecy to not reveal their true localities but I should be able to report the nature of the habitat if we do find them.Be careful, Bart. I hope you won't go there alone...
I have seen photos/reports from people who have visited the area to collect A. baenschi.
Neither of them have been showed a true habitat of A. baenschi by local people, they have every time been showed streams and ponds where the local fishermen "store" their A. baenschi, sometimes close to their own houses.
That is definitely the intention but this will be my first fresh water fish survey trip and I think taking UW pictures in shallow creeks will be harder than while SCUBA diving, which is what I normally do. Also rainy season may have started by the time I get there and I don't know what that does with water clarity. Either way it will be an adventure.That would be pretty cool. Would be nice if you would be able to take some underwater pictures