Mystery Fish

Discussion about cichlids from Africa other than Rift Lake
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Post by Christophe de Medeiros » Tue May 16, 2006 2:36 am

Hi th H.sp46 looks like an decsribed species known as H.ishmaeli(the picture in the greg article) and don't seem to be the same as the golden unknown hap (H.sp"flavenetis)
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Post by fishman76092 » Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:06 pm

I believe it to be A. calliptera/H burtoni x Aul baenschi/Aul sp maleri

The female has the barring from an aulonacara with the face of a 'Hap'.

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Post by Mark Smith » Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:19 pm

Hi Fishman

I believe it to most likely be a hybrid too. Do you have some inside info on who "created" this fish that the rest of don't??

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Post by k98 » Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:08 pm

look like a hybrid to me :|

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Post by fishman76092 » Wed May 02, 2007 9:54 pm

Mark, I just eyeballed it and called what I see. The head is surely from an A. calliptera. In recent years, there have been many odd hybrid combos being sold-given that there have been Aulonacara/'Haplochromine' x Mbuna floating around, it would make perfect sense that A. calliptera, which is endemic to Lake Malawi could hybridize with the fish mentioned above without human intervention. When I say human intervention, I speak of the Red Tailed Catfish x Tiger Shovelnose Catfish hybrids. I'm not implying that this is a wild fish, rather someone accidentally bred them and sold them.

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Post by Mark Smith » Wed May 02, 2007 11:55 pm

Hi Fishman

It certainly has been quite some time since hearing back from you. Has everything been okay with you in the past 10 months?

Whatever and however this fish came about, everyone needs to be aware of its less-than-clear origins.

"it would make perfect sense that A. calliptera, which is endemic to
Lake Malawi could hybridize with the fish mentioned above without
human intervention"

Although theoretically possible, this has never been proven or documented. We will probably never know who or how this fish ever came about. Thankfully, it seems as though it is fading away from the hobby.

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