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I.D. please

Discussion in 'South American Cichlid Identification' started by tuna, May 19, 2011.

  1. tuna

    tuna Member 5 Year Member

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    a wild apisto collected some where in Peru I was told.
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  2. Big G

    Big G New Member 5 Year Member

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    ITs hard to tell from this pic, but my guess (and it is a guess) would be either Trifasciata Female or Cacatuoides female?

    The black blotches I would guess are a strange condition, and are what makes it difficult to identify?

    I'm sure one of the more experienced guys will give a more accurate description of what it is though?

    Cheers
    G!
  3. slimbolen99

    slimbolen99 Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I'd like to take a stab at this as well before the experts get in here and steal all the fun.

    Looks identical to A. schwarzkinn "black chin", of course, the black splotches are a new look to me.
    - Black mark under bottom lip, is that a splotch, or does it extend from the chin all the way down the front of the face to the "neck"?

    More pics would help me, but I'm betting that the experts will know right away.
  4. aquaticclarity

    aquaticclarity Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Either cacatuoides or sp. "black chin" (but my first guess is cacatuoides as I don't see the chin spot in this picture). The black spots all over are known as Peru Black Spot. It's a disease that won't kill the fish and doesn't spread to other fish as it's just one stage in the parasite's life cycle (you need snails and birds to complete the cycle). I've had wild Peru Apistos come in with out the spots but after becoming stressed (male aggrssion toward a female) develope the spots.
  5. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Jeff (aquaticclarity) is correct in my opinion. It is a young male A. cacatuoides with black spot parsites. I've had A. cacatuoides with similar spotting, but not so extensive. I must say, it makes for an attractive looking fish (if you're into spots).
  6. tuna

    tuna Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks for the answers. I thought it might be a OB strain never seen before. Do the parasites stay with him for the rest of his life or will they disappear with age.
  7. aquaticclarity

    aquaticclarity Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    The spots stay. So hopefully you like the look!