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Help with females

Discussion in 'South American Cichlid Identification' started by bussardnr, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. bussardnr

    bussardnr Member 5 Year Member

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    I got a group of mixed peruvian species from someone that went down there recently. I know I have an agassizii male and some bitaeniata.
    Is there an easy way to tell the females apart?

    Heres a few pictures
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    Those are the fish that wanted their picture taken
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    bigbird Member 5 Year Member

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    I would say F M F M and last poss 2 males. cheers jk
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    bussardnr Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks, I ment to say is there a easy way to tell the females of the different species apart from each other.
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Female A. bitaeniata have a squared of caudal when mature; a more horizontal lateral spot and a horizontal abdominal band below the lateral band. A. agassizii females have an oval/round caudal, more vertically oval to round lateral spot, and no abdominal band, just a smudge. My guess is that you have: 1. male A. agassizii; 2. immature male or a female A. bitaeniata; 3. juvenile apisto, probably A. bitaeniata, but hard to be sure from the angle of the fish; 4 & 5. young male A. bitaeniata.
  5. bussardnr

    bussardnr Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks Mike. Out of 12 fish im going to be lucky to have 1-2 females. Anyone know where I could get some?