Orthochromis kalungwishiensis

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Orthochromis kalungwishiensis

Post by Mark Smith » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:34 am

Just a note to draw everyones attention to the recently posted image by Han van Heusden of the first ever photo of a live, apparently fully colored male, Orthochromis kalungwishiensis. Quite spectacular, and another first for Cichlidae.com.


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Re: Orthochromis kalungwishiensis

Post by Piotr Koba » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:59 pm

All of those Orthochromis species are gorgeous, and indeed this one seems to be one of the most spectacular ones! I hope at least some of them will make their way into hobby.
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Re: Orthochromis kalungwishiensis

Post by Mark Smith » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:15 pm

I did find it interesting that in the formal description for this species, it appears to show a female? as it has very little of the bold coloration of the male depicted in Han van Heusden's photo. Also, the holotype shows a much more convex shaped snout from nape to mouth, than does the individual depicted in Han van Heusden's phot.

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Re: Orthochromis kalungwishiensis

Post by westafrica » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:45 am

Great picture indeed!

Thanks for the information Mark ;)
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Re: Orthochromis kalungwishiensis

Post by Nebraska_cichlids » Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:50 pm

Thanks Mark. As far as I know a very small number of some of Hans' Orthochromis species might soon become available to hobbyists. I do not know specifics.

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Re: Orthochromis kalungwishiensis

Post by Mark Smith » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:06 pm

That's great to know. Something out of the ordinary, especially with how the hobby has been going lately.

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Re: Orthochromis kalungwishiensis

Post by Nebraska_cichlids » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:07 pm

Let's hope some of these guys will find their way into the US. I cannot tell which of the species might become available, but I am sure that most forum members have seen the two reports by Hans van Heusen in Cichlid News a while back. It hardly matters which of the species becomes available, all of them are unique and beautiful.

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Re: Orthochromis kalungwishiensis

Post by Mark Smith » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:33 pm

Very true, Janos.

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