Hi Guys and Juan,
I just saw this thread and wanted to ad some type locality informstion and species identification from the Middle East:
Tristramella simonis (Günther 1864) - is endemic to the Lakes Huleh [Hula] and Tiberias [Galilée], Israel
(The subspecies T. s. intermedia Steinitz [H.] & Ben-Tuvia [A.] in Ben-Tuvia 1959 is considered to be a synonym of T. simonis (Günther 1864)
Tristramella sacra (Günther 1865) – Lake Tiberias [Galilée], Israel.
Astatotilapia flaviijosephi (Lortet 1883) – is only known (naturally occurance, as the above) from Aun Nudauwara, in Syria, 32°50'N, 35°28'E.
Iranocichla hormuzensis Coad 1982 (no parentesis) – has its type locality in the Mehran River, Hormozdgan Province, southern Iran, 27°04'N, 54°35'E. But I researched in 20019 and 2010 and the river does not existe anymore. I found from the 22 spots listed by Coad for Iranicichla only 2 with water, but I found a third one. I know now only 3 locations were they still lve and all 3 have different populations:
1. normal colours as described, greyish, highbodies mediaum size cichlids, it is the typical known and described one;
1. a red colored population I found, the males have a veru orange red chest, very beautiful and hogh bodied fishes but the shortest of the 3 populations, and brought the back;
3. the known black population, were males should always be black, and this population is the most narrow one of the three. This can live in marine waters, I had it spawning with Anemon fishes...
These are the only native most eastern found cichlids, all others are introductions from Africa.
This just for your all information.
Best regards to all,