Apistogramma baenschi


Apistogramma baenschi
Inka Apistogramma
紅尾瑪麗短鲷
A Japanese aquarist called Karatsu introduced a special little addition to the hobby in 2002. He had found Apistogramma baenschi and given it the common name of the Inca cichlid. 
The discovery was made after Karatsu and some other Japanese fishkeepers had travelled to Peru and explored around the Rio Mayo near the town of Tarapato, catching specimens in small blackwater forest streams. 
Particularly unusual about the collection locality was its height — 800m/2,600ft above sea level — and the surroundings more closely resembled those of the Asian rainy forest mountains than typical lowland South American forests. 
A couple of years later, Dr Uwe Romer and co-authors described the species in a German aquarium magazine, naming it Apistogramma baenschi in honour of Romer’s publisher friend Hans Baensch. 
The basic body coloration of A. baenschi is yellow with three to seven contrasting black lateral stripes. They also have a small blotch at the base of the caudal fin. 
These dwarf cichlids are characterised by distinct sexual dimorphism and dichromatism — so males and females differ markedly in colour and size. Males have a deep body, massive snout with prominent fleshy lips, elongated rays at the front of the dorsal fin and a blood red edge to the tail. 
Females are smaller and less colourful, their dorsal fins are not elongated and half to two-thirds of the pelvic fins are black. They also have a black spot at the base of the pectorals and this becomes prominent when they are brood caring, probably emphasising that they are territorial and aggressive.


印加鹦鹉A.sp.“Inka50”由日本人松本实采自秘鲁境内的丛林中,他为了纪念自己的第50次亚马逊采集之旅,就把此次采集到的新鱼种取名为Inka50。目前印加鹦鹉的族群归属还没有最终确定,我们暂时先将其归入熊猫家族。印加鹦鹉短鲷的发现,在全世界水族界掀起了一波短鲷热潮!它们有著白兰特短鲷一样夸张的背鳍,且背鳍高耸的鳍条每根都会分开拉长,气宇非凡。身上更将宝蓝色亮丽金属光泽发挥到了极致。见到如此美丽的短鲷,我们不得不感叹大自然的神奇啊
印加鹦鹉短鲷与血鹦鹉、金刚鹦鹉一类没有任何关系,虽然都隶属慈鲷科鱼类,但却是各自的独立物种。印加鹦鹉是近年才发掘出的一种美丽短鲷,可以说是型色具备的好鱼。对于新环境需要一段时间的适应,而期间就是新手们的挑战,还好的是它们天生体格强健。
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