When we unpacked these large, fully grown Apistigramma from Peru we thought initially: wow, that kind of Apistogramma was never here before! The species-specific features of the fish are: stripes on the underside of the belly, an orange colored spot on the basis of the pecoral fin, a more or less clearly recognizeable orange zone over the belly, and elongated tips of the caudal fin in fully developed males.
The research made clear: no, the fish has been here already, and even several times. The species belongs in the closer relationship of Apistogramma moae. The names applied on it were Apistogramma sp. „Baby face yellow tail“, A. sp. „Frank“, and A. sp. „Nanay“. We adopted the latter name for our recent imports, because bred specimens were sold under that cheironym. In captive bred fish the orange zone over the belly becomes even more splendid than in wild collected ones.
We are very glad that we have this rare guest once more in our fishhouse. They are splendid animals!
For our customers: the fish have code 628684 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer