A. siquia Rio Claro Honduras, I collected one pair in the Rio Claro which is a small tributary on the north bank of the Rio Aguan about 20 miles west of Trujillo. All fish in the hobby are descendants of this one pair, a small species, mature females are 2-2.5", males 2.5-3.5", Males have bright red fins and both sexes have blue gill plates and some have blue into the belly area. A very similar fish to the HRP from Rio Monga, but with a higher body. The Rio Monga is also a tributary of the Rio Aguan, but on the southern bank.
A. cf. siquia Rio Heuron Honduras We collected about 20 of these and lost almost all of them in the field, we ended up with 2 males and 7 females, Rusty Wessel and I took one male each and 3-4 females, Both of us managed to bred this fish. Rusty tentatively ID’ed them in the field as A. nigrofasiata, but in my opinion they are either A. siquia or a new species and the northern most collection of any Amatitlania species on the Atlantic slope to date. (Soto’s northern range to the Rio Jutiapa, Guatemala, is incorrect; the Rio Jutiapa is in Honduras and only contains Cryptoheros cutteri) The Rio Hueron is about 30 miles south east of Jutiapa on the same highway and in a different drainage basin. The Rio Heuron is a small stream in the upper drainage of the Rio Aguan, this fish differs in size and color of the Rio Claro fish in that it matures at 1-2” and never gets much larger that 2.5”, The blue is less intense, but they do have pink/red fins in both sexes, This fish has very small spawns like HRP where the Claro fish has very large spawns.
A. siquia Lago Nicaragua, commercial shipment Jeff Rapps, large robust fish, Males can get over 5”, lots of color, red/orange caudal fin, yellow to orange dorsal, bight red belly on the female, various shades of blue in the gills, belly and body. One of the most colorful wild type Amatitlania. These have huge spawns, are very aggressive. I think it is the true A. siquia and the small species we found in north east Honduras may be a different (or several) species.
A. cf siquia, Tilla Sunta, Brus Lagoona, Honduras. We collected a lot of these in a cut off pool, but due to extremely high temperatures in the field and very bad water lost all of the, Small species, purple gill covers, pink fins. Biggest we caught were 2.5” I’ll go back and get this fish again in the next year.
Last edited by Ken Davis
on Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.
An empty tank is a terrible thing to waste!