Questions about cichlid colors

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Questions about cichlid colors

Post by daint2003 » Thu May 03, 2007 11:24 pm

Someone can tell me the blue color in frontosa is made by iridophores or cyanophores? And which food sources relate to those chromatophores?

I heard that the white color (as in flank of the fish below) is appeared because of the missing of chromatophores or in other word, fish has no any chromatophore at the white areas on its body.

My question are:

- If chromatofore is not present then what makes the white appearance? Is it the color of the dermis layer?

- Is it possibly that the white color is made by leucophore as in Opaque Betta fish? If so, why is it not reflective?

Hope someone can help. Thanks

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