Thanks, eh. We picked up 6, all there were, even though I didn't know what they were at the time.
calumma wrote:Crenicichla sp."Atabapo".
There is a great deal of confusion though between the Atabapo and the Tapajos spp. If you look at the picture of my last pr. from Oliver, they were purchased as Tapajos II and yet they seem identical to the Atabapo
Any clarification would be greatly appreciated. I do understand that the young and the juveniles look completely different, but is it possible to identify by visual inspection, which is which other than knowing the collection site BTW ... these picture of the adult pikes were stolen from the internet. If they are yours and you don't want them posted, I will remove them immediately
I think you are confusing fish still. There are currently 2 different species coming in as Atabapo pikes. The first, which is being marketed as "Atabapo I", is very similar to the Tapajos race known as Flame Pikes. Overall bright reddish orange color. The "Atabapo I" and "Tapajos I" are very similar fish.
In fact, looking at the pics you provided of the "Flame Pikes" I believe that this fish is an "Atabapo I"
While these 2 fish are "Tapajos I"
The only noticeable difference I have seen between the two races are body shape with the Tapajos race being a much more slender fish.
The second species is currently being marketed as "Atabapo II". This is the fish you have. To make it even more confusing they are often called Fire Pikes which is a bit of a stretch as they do not get nearly as red as the aforementioned "Atabapo I". The unique half bar pattern along the back is a dead giveaway for ID'ing the "Atabapo II" species. The fish in your initial post are definitely "Atabapo II" and will get nowhere near as red as the other 2 species being discussed.
Jeff Rapps is currently selling both races of Atabapo pike. Here they are side by side for comparison
$200 is a lot of money for such a plain brown fish. It must be really rare. I'll take 4!!