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Help with ID

Ttw

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I have been going through my archives and have come across photos of Apistos that I have doubts as to their ID. There are a number so I will submit them one at a time.
This is a fish I obtained in 1986 from a small fish shop with no identification. No info on collecting site or other helpful info. Not a great photo but the fish has a pale blue
cast with the lines on the face dark red. What do you think? Fullsizeoutput c21
 

Frank Hättich

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Difficult to tell without visible abdominal markings and without seeing the caudal pattern clearly. It might be A. sp. Wangenflecken or some form of A. cf. caetei or depending on whether A. sp. Steel-blue already existed at that time, also the latter. I'm curious what Mike thinks about this fish.
 

Mike Wise

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Well there was no Steel-blue in 1986 so we can rule that out. Tom, I am pretty sure this is the species originally imported as "A. resticulosa" (now we know it is A. sp. Wangenflecken). Not only is the lateral band and caudal spot correct, but I still have a photo of "resticulosa" that Joan Glasscock (remember her?) sent me back then that looks just like your fish.
 

Ttw

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Good. I had resticulosa written on the back of the picture. Appreciate verification. Joan Glasscock... a name from the past.
 

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I see that The Wet Spot Tropical Fish currently has the fire red A. agassizi you are looking for. Here is the link:
I've always had good experiences buying from them on line.
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