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Discussion in 'Identification and Morphology' started by chromis, May 30, 2005.

  1. chromis

    chromis New Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi there

    I have acquired a group of these fish and the guy in the shop told me they are Egyptian Mouthbrooders. Although they are in the same tank as the ones I recognised to be Egyptian Mouthbrooders, these are around 3 times the size and do not have any gold scales. Can anyone confirm what they are?

    Thanks!
    chromis

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    _BaDgUy_ New Member 5 Year Member

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    Thare are different species of Pseudocrenilabrus fish, commonly known as Egyptian mouthbrooders.


    Seems to be the least colorful of them, Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor, but I'm not 100% sure of this.
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    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Do Pseudocrinalibrus species show the tilapia spot in the dorsal like these do? I think that they are a Tilapia of some sort.
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    Fogelhund Member 5 Year Member

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    It does appear to be a Tilapian of some variety. I'm not that good with Tilapian's though.
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    chromis New Member 5 Year Member

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    I'm glad that someone said it might be Tilapia as I have thought of that the moment I saw them in the tank. Their spot is very conspicuous.

    They seem to be very curious and are not nervous at all. Their hue changes depending on their mood from pale silver with the spot very prominent to the dark grey/green markings. I think the dark colour signify that they are more dominant and comfortable. At the moment they are around 2" excluding the tail. Also their heads aren't as big (in proportion to their bodies) as Egyptian Mouthbrooders which led me to believe that they are not what they have been labelled.
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    chromis New Member 5 Year Member

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    Anyone have any info on the ID of these fish?
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    chromis New Member 5 Year Member

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    Well, it appears tonight that a pair have spawned. :eek: I can now see a definite female from the group holding eggs. Still not sure of what kind of fish these are though.
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    chromis New Member 5 Year Member

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  9. mbhw

    mbhw Guest

    Tilapia

    Oreochromis sp.

    It's hard to say at that size, they remind me of my old Niloticus, they could also be Mossambicus, or aurea. Either way, I hope you have a big tank!
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    Randall Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Oreochromis sp.

    Hello Chromis,

    They resemble an Oreochromis sp. to me too. Like mbhw suggests, however, it's difficult to know which species.

    A bathtub is more like it!

    Good luck!

    Randall Kohn