We received from Peru for the very first time this new, interesting and beautiful species of Apistogramma; sadly no further information on the origin is available. As the new fish cannot be applied for sure to an already described species, we simply adopted the name the exporter gave to the fish.
Marandu belongs to the closer relationship of Apistogramma moae. A. moae is a member of the A. eunotus complex that comprises several similar species, among them A. eunotus and A. cruzi. Very obvious in A. sp. Marandu are the very conspicious horizontal stripes along the belly and the blueish shining bands that accompany the primary stripe; the latter is shown as a series of single spots most of the time.
Apistogramma sp. Marandu is for sure a very interesting and beautiful novelty and we are proud and happy that we could manage its first importation now.
For our customers: the fish have code 630833 on or stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer