yesterday I visited a friend of mine who has just gotten some new fish. He was very surprised and a little bit disappointed when I told him that those he was told to be Cyathopharynx are, to me, everything but Cyathos!
Here are two pics of this fish: What genus does it belong to?
I'd still say Ophthalmotilapia ventralis. Can you show us some pictures of a fully colored male? From you pictures it seems that the body is somewhat darker colored, with a lighter colored head - is that correct?
hi i' ve a new foto about this fish. it's difficult to me fotografh this fish because they stay colorated only a few second because are wild fish, and i've only about 2 weeks.i hope for next week the fish will be more coloureted because i see colorated only in the night beetwen midnight and one o clock . thank you for all that you are doing for me. denis lampredi
another clue that really makes this an Ophtalmotilapia species: the scales! Cyathopharynx has tiny scales.....like other tiny scaled fishes it has a pearly sheen, similar to Bathybates, Haplotaxodon, Cyprichromis microlepidotus etc.
Ophtalmotilapia has more visible "regular type" scales and your fish have these too.
last but not least: Cyathopharynx misses the yellow lappets on the ventrals. ventrals of Cyathopharynx may have a yellow point, but never a lappet. Ophtalmotilapia does have them; the finray splits and/or broadens into a yellow triangle.
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Yes, Cyathopharynx has much smaller and more numerous scales than Ophthalmotilapia: 48-67 vs. 36-40 along the longitudinal line to be precise
Denis, thanks for the additional photo. I can't help thinking that your fish may have been collected somewhere else than at Chisanse, which should house a blue form of O. ventralis. Your fish appears much darker, almost black and looks quite similar to the forms found at Kachese/Chimba....
Enzo, a dear friend of mine and Denis, is keeping this beautiful Ophthalmotilapia. He was told this variant is from Nundo, rather close to Chisanze in Zambia, which looks very similar to Denis' Ophthalmos, isn't it?