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Apistogramma cacatuoides polychromatic

Discussion in 'Apistogramma' started by aarhud, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. aarhud

    aarhud Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I apologize if this is covered/known. Unfortunately, I can't find the Peru trips from Tom's website. How polychromatic are A. cacatuoides compared species like A. agassizii?

    My fish were labeled as "Peru", so is it safe to assume they most likely came from around Iquitos? Do you know if the area around Iquitos shows a range A. cacatuoide males in a range of different colors? I was told the really blue from of A. cacatuoides would be closer to Pucallpa. I have a male with a blue sheen and I would love for him to turn out like some of the blue forms of A. cacatuoides I have seen.

    Thank you,
    Aaron
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  2. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    My experience is that A. cacatuoides specimens from a single collecting location all tend to be the same color. Yes, there is some variation, but nowhere near that of A. agassizii where a single population can have 2 or more color morphs. Location around Iquitos are mostly what I call a yellow or grey color morph. Specimens Tom & I collected in the Río Napo and Putumayo had a nice bluish cast, but I wouldn't consider them true blue like those introduced in the 1970s and reportedly from around Pucallpa. I've never seen any cacs that blue. Also, my guess is that many of these populations are actually separate species.
  3. aarhud

    aarhud Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you Mike.

    I'll grow mine out and see what they turn out like. I bet the blue sheen that I am seeing is just the grey juvenile colors and lighting. The two larger males show gold coloring.

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