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Mixed bag arriving as A. megaptera

Chilligan

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A recent shipment to our LFS designated A. Megaptera seems to include at least 2 species. I'm guessing A. velifera for the fish in the two stills. What do the experts think?


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Next, anyone see potential females in the video?

Thanks for the education.
 

Frank Hättich

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You have at least 3 different species:
1. the "velifera" are in fact A. sp. Putzer,
2. an iniridae-group species:

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which is probably A. uaupesi

3. the "megaptera" which are most likely A. cf. piaroa (A165).

Unlike megaptera and velifera, these 3 species are not from the Orinoco but rather from the Rio Negro.

To become more sure about these IDs, please post some clear photos of males of species #2 and #3 with all fins spread.
 

Chilligan

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Thank you very much @Frank Hättich
I thought I had it with velifera. A. putzer is a new one for me, but seems to be a very nice looking species.

Uaupesi I guessed from the solid line and sail on a few of the more slender fish.

Will share your identifications with the shop this weekend, and try to get the video / photos you requested while there.
 

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Both A. velifera & sp. Putzer are pertensis-group species. Unlike the relate iniridae-group species, the pertensis-group species show a caudal spot separated from the lateral band. A. velifera & sp. Putzer are easily distinguished by the 4 prominent abdominal stripes and a more robust/stocky body of A. velifera, hence its common name Vierstreifen/Four-stripes Apisto.
 

Frank Hättich

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A. velifera & sp. Putzer are easily distinguished by the 4 prominent abdominal stripes and a more robust/stocky body of A. velifera, hence its common name Vierstreifen/Four-stripes Apisto.
... and by the shape of the caudal fin: A. velifera rounded vs. A. sp. Putzer two-tipped/lyrate.
 

Chilligan

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I grabbed a few more videos. I don't know that they're much better than the first, but posting regardless in case anyone wants a challenge.

I'll very curious whether there are clear females among the group, particularly of A sp. putzer.




 

SpeckledJellyfish

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Vancouver is a nice area (though better in spring/early summer); maybe take a road trip from seattle or the ferry one day ;)
I live in Oregon, just across the state line in Portland, but it's definitely a bit more of a journey. I think I will research what would be needed to bring a few fish and snails across the border though! Canada DOES look gorgeous though and I would love to visit and just see a new place!!
 

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