Mark Smith wrote:The fish coming into the hobby as C. ornatus have been indicated by the collectors in Columbia and the importers here in America as having been collected from the San Juan River in Columbia. If this is true, then this fish is C. gephyrum and not C. ornatum, since only C. gephyrum is found in the Dagua and San Juan Rivers in Columbia; while C. ornatum is found in an entirely different river system, namely the Patia River basin in Columbia and Durango and St. Javier Rivers in norther Equador.
Darrell Ullisch wrote:It should be noted that Jeff is NOT selling them as ornatum, but cf. ornatum, because he was unsure of the ID due to coming from a different river system. Too many people are not paying attention to the cf. and just calling them ornatum, which is not what they were sold as.
It should also be noted that just because gephyrum is known from the same river system as this new fish, doesn't make the new fish gephyrum any more than it makes it ornatum. It would be necessary to compare specimens to the description and the types before placing such an ID on it.
Alden wrote: I was wondering what "cf" meant. Does it mean captive found? I do agree thought that just because a fish is found in a particular river system doesn't by default guarantee it must be gephyrum.
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