Apistogramma elizeberthae

Apistogramma elizeberthae
Elizabeth Super Red Apistrogramma
This jewel of a fish was described in 1980 by Kullander and named in honor of Professor Louis K. Agassiz�s second wife. Mrs. Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz. It closely resembles Apistogramma agassizii, named in the professor's honor. It comes from the Rio Uapes area in Brazil, from slow-moving streams where the water is soft and very acid.
Apistogramma elizabethae comes in several color forms from blue to red to yellow, the male has a base color of blue/gray, with brighter blue markings along the top of the dorsal fin and through the ventrals. He has a slender body, much like A agassizii, with a spade shaped tail and elongated rays on the front of the dorsal fin. From the lower jaw to the beginning of the anal fin, it is a bright orange-yellow, and this arcs intensifies in color greatly when courting and caring for young. The femal is olive-colored, but when courting and caring for the young. she become a brilliant yellow, with contrasting black spots on her sides.