some updates on the various topics in this thread.
This autumn we did some dives at the famous Chituta Bay deep habitat. The Neolamprologus shown further up in my opinion is N. cf. ventralis
. Since the description of the type material is from Tembwe in Congo, further investigation is needed to confirm if this is in fact a geografical variant of N. ventralis
or a related but distinct species. Further there are reports from a variant from the western escarpement in Zambia. This variant exhibits in contrast to the more patchy melanin pattern a striking vertical striping.
I found the Chituta variant to be quite common at the transition zone from rocks to muddy bottom. A really beautiful fish with intriguing behavior and we were even lucky enough to also catch some.
Concerning the scale eater species above in evert's pic, I am quite sure it is the real P. eccentricus
. I found some individuals on the MPU fish market.
Based on the descriptions the drawings above and comparisons of everything that is countable in the pics the fish posted further up is P. elaviae
in deed and the fish in evert's picutres and the one here are P. eccentricus
. Note the yellowish throat, the fin formula and shape and the size of the eye...
... and here some more pics of fish that we caught in the depths of Chituta Bay or found on the fish market:
Also we were able to observe G. christy, G. bellcrossi
and T. otostigma
. All in all Chituta Bay, due to its special topography, seems to be a place where we can find many strictly deep water species that usually reside in the very deep realms of the lake in relativley shallow waters... (30m+)
Not really news but still cool stuff!