Congo Cichlid ID Help

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Lib95
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Congo Cichlid ID Help

Post by Lib95 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:59 pm

Not the best quality pics at the moment, but does anyone have any ideas on what these might be. They were supposed to be Pterochromis Congicus, but they appear to be a tilapia of some type.
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Re: Congo Cichlid ID Help

Post by Rico Morgenstern » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:53 am

I agree, this is definitely not P. congicus. They look like young Oreochromis niloticus, a species not native to the Congo basin (except Lake Kivu and Tanganyika) but introduced to localities in the lower Congo drainage.

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Re: Congo Cichlid ID Help

Post by sidguppy » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:47 pm

is niloticus native to Tanganyika?
maybe it's even introduced there too.......

Tanganyika has Oreochromis tanganicae. (which isn't these btw ;) )
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Re: Congo Cichlid ID Help

Post by Adrian Indermaur » Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:12 am

Hy sidguppy.... didnt know as well for a long time but O. niloticus is native to the northern (muddy) part of Lake Tanganyika... they come from the Rusizi delta... and are very abundant at places!
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Re: Congo Cichlid ID Help

Post by Lib95 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:38 pm

Two more pics, little more detailed hopefully.
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Re: Congo Cichlid ID Help

Post by Nuchal Man » Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:16 pm

It's definitely an Oreochromis sp.

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