Discussion about cichlids from Africa other than Rift Lake
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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.
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.
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.
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.