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What is the difference between A. nijsseni and A. panduro? Are there any?

Discussion in 'South American Cichlid Identification' started by Siggi, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. Siggi

    Siggi Member

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    Hi, all.
    I have made some unscientific 'research' and I can't find any real differences between Apistogramma species nijsseni and panduro.
    Their type locations and distributoins appears to me to overlap, environmental demands are the similar, behavioural and morphological characteristics also seem to be 'overlapping'...

    Two questions:
    1. Why are they considered as different species and not populations of the same species?
    2. Can I have both in the same tank without 'troubble' and without risk of hybridization?

    Thank you in advance for your time and attention.
  2. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Answer 1. They are different in shape of fins and pattern of dark markings. It's been discussed here many times so I won't go into it. Do a search on this site for info.

    Answer 2. Trouble really depends on the size and lay-out of the tank. They will hybridize if there is forced, i.e. they have no member of the opposite sex of the same species with which to breed (Any port in a storm). Römer shows some examples of nijsseni-group species forced crosses in his description of A. baenschi; deformed and ugly.
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  3. Siggi

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    Hi, all.
    Thanks, Mike.
    I'll do a more thorough search on this subject.

    They will be in a 350G nature aquarium-ish set-up. There will be lots of (small) plants, as I will cut and spread my plants to cover as much ground as possible. As it will be viewable from both sides, it will be an island setup with higher rock formation to one side with some wood and epiphytes and sloping to the other end with plants. Later on, there will be lots of hiding places, but my concern is in the earlier phases, before plants create shelters if I would be better off not mixing them. I know some apistos can be territorial and wanted to know if that might become an issue between nijsseni and panduro's...
    Maybe I should just stick to one of the two... (I already have breeding nijsseni's (in the holding tank), but my LFS mailed me saying they were going to stock panduro's...)
    Hence my asking about 'troubble' ;-)

    Thanks for your time.

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