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Nannacara ID

Discussion in 'South American Cichlid Identification' started by briztoon, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. briztoon

    briztoon Member 5 Year Member

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    I bought these fish as Nannacara anomala. I posted these photos on another forum, and one member said he believes they are N. aureocephalus instead.

    The two photos were taken at the LFS.

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  2. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Hard to say. The photos are not in focus.
  3. briztoon

    briztoon Member 5 Year Member

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    Yeah, I'm well aware my photography skills are rather poor.
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    mummymonkey Member 5 Year Member

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    Well they look like anomola to me.
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    indyplanted New Member

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    They don't look like my nannacara anomala. But im pretty bad at this whole ID thing.
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    Rod Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi Pete

    I bought a pair of fish from this tank...

    I've had anomala several times before....these are the same as I've had previously

    In my opinion they are definately "Golden head Nanacara"

    Nanacara anomala....

    that young male is showing a strong vertical barring.....it is a much stronger pattern in females if spawning or brood caring
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    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    It looks like anomala to me.
  8. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I had to chuckle. Do you know what "Nannacara aureocephalus" translate to? "Golden Head Dwarf Acara"! Seriously, however, 'N. anomala' is highly polychromatic. I've seen males that were almost totally black to totally gold and everything in between. Overall color is meaningless. The two species can be recognized by the pigmentation on the scales of the flanks. On 'N. anomala' the scales are darker in the centers and lighter at the edges (usually a golden color). On N. aureocephalus the scales are lighter in the centers and darker at the edges.
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    Rod Member 5 Year Member

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    In Australia....that's what we call having an each way bet!'
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    I've learnt something!
  10. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: Love it! In the USA, 'N. anomala' has the common name "Golden-eyed Dwarf Cichlid".