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Trifisciata questions.


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I acquired a pair of wild caught trifisciata but not sure if they are both female.

The one I'm hoping is a male is very young, about the size of a neon tetra and the other seems to definitely be a female. She's larger and becoming yellow.

I just wondered if anyone would be kind enough to let me know if the juvenile 'male' may actually be a male.

Also, is a three banded apisto and a trifasciata the same thing...is 'three banded' what trifisciata means?

The first images are the 'Male" the female is more yellow.

Many thanks


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Frank Hättich

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Unfortunately, none of your fish is A. trifasciata and they are not the same species. The one in the first two photos looks like some agassizii-complex species to me, the other one is a female of a hongsloi-complex species.
Yes, "trifasciata" refers to the three stripes or bands on their body: lateral band, suborbital stripe and the third one in between the two.

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