Photos of X. sp. red princess in its natural habitat

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Post by Thomas Andersen » Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:28 am

Hi Mark,

no need to apologize, I'm as curious as you are :D

Evert runs a fishstore in Holland, which I think takes pretty much all of his time at the moment, but hopefully he will soon find the time to scan some more of his pictures again

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Post by stausholm » Sun Jul 02, 2006 1:11 pm

has Evert got a homepage :?:

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Post by Mark Smith » Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:44 pm

Just checking up to find out if Evert is interested/has time to post additional photos??

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Post by Thomas Andersen » Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:19 am

Hi Mark,

it seems that every time you ask for Evert, you get me, sorry :lol: :wink:

I'm not sure how often Evert drops by in here, I know his slide scanner has been down for a while, but it should have been fixed now and he actually send me some photos last week, not of cichlids this time, but of some tiny shrimps - they are quite attractive I think, which made me wonder why we never see shrimps, clams, crabs etc. from Lake Tanganyika in the trade, as they are regularly exported from Lake Malawi.

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Post by EC » Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:52 am

Thomas Andersen wrote:but of some tiny shrimps
Limnocaridina? It seems like crystal red.

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Post by Mark Smith » Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:09 am

Great to finally see a color photo of one of the Lake's shrimps. I have heard about them and read about them for years. I remember a collector, Walter Dieckhoff, mentioning to me back in the late 1980's about a small, bright red shrimp he used to see while collecting cichlds.

On another note, since Evert's slide scanner is down, may I offer my services, as I have a quality slide scanner and I could scan his slides for him and put them onto a DVD. I could even zoom in on many of his photos where the fish/invertebrates are rather small in the picture, making them fill the frame more fully. Just a thought?

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Post by Thomas Andersen » Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:34 pm

Enrico: Yes, it's amazing, isn't it :)

Mark, I actually think Evert's scanner is up and running again, but as I will talk to him next week, I'll certainly forward him your kind offer.

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Post by EC » Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:26 pm

Thomas Andersen wrote:Enrico: Yes, it's amazing, isn't it :)
Yes, spectacular! I hope to see some when I'll go to the lake in march.
I'm interested in snails and shrimps too.

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Post by Thomas Andersen » Fri Dec 22, 2006 12:28 am

It could be great if you could bring some home!

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Post by EC » Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:21 am

Thomas Andersen wrote:It could be great if you could bring some home!
I hope so. I've never seen Limnocaridina, Caridella or Atyella in Europe. I don't know well but interesting too symbiosis between L. iridinae with the mollusc Iridina.

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Re: Photos of X. sp. red princess in its natural habitat

Post by Thomas Andersen » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:23 am

Some new and freshly scanned deepwater photos by Evert:

Benthochromis tricoti:
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A school of shrimps:

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Xenotilapia sp. "fluorescent green":

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Bathybates fasciatus:

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This one is puzzling both me and Evert. I know what I think it is, by I don't think Evert agrees (in fact I know he doesn't agree :wink: :lol: ). So, any guesses on this one?

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Re: Photos of X. sp. red princess in its natural habitat

Post by Melchior » Wed Jun 27, 2007 3:05 am

Absolutely awsome pictures! I will visit the store soon (I live near Dordrecht and acctually never visited the store :oops: :oops: ).

By the way: some of the pictures can be even better when photoshop is used to get rid of the blue or green layers that occur sometimes. (The easy way: Image -> adjustments -> auto levels and/or auto color). This reveals more realistic colors & gives more detail.

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Re: Photos of X. sp. red princess in its natural habitat

Post by Mark Smith » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:40 am

Great and intriguing photos! The last photo looks like a species of Perissodus/Plecodus. Possibly P. eccentricus or P. elaviae?? Perhaps a new scale eater altogether???

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Post by Estelle » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:53 am

Very interesting picture ! :shock:

It looks like a Perissodus, maybe specialised to eat scales on Benthochromis ...?

What is your opinion Thomas ?
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Post by EC » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:57 am

Thomas Andersen wrote:A school of shrimps:
I don't see very well but seem like Macrobrachium moorei.

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Post by Mark Smith » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:59 am

Thomas

Do you know what size this scale eater is approximately??

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Post by EC » Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:06 am

Estelle wrote:It looks like a Perissodus, maybe specialised to eat scales on Benthochromis ...?
I've seen Perissodus microlepis in shallow water attack aggressive cichlids. In particular imitating barred Pseudosimochromis and Lobochilotes female colouration. I don't know in deep about Bentho.

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Re: Photos of X. sp. red princess in its natural habitat

Post by Thomas Andersen » Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:29 pm

I'm quite certain that the fish is a scale-eater, and a wild guess could be a female or subadult Plecodus multidentatus.

I think it has quite some similarities in common with the male on Mark's wonderful photo below, if the fin extensions are ignored:

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Estelle wrote:It looks like a Perissodus, maybe specialised to eat scales on Benthochromis ...?
Mark has earlier suggested that P. multidentatus may very well mimic B. tricoti:
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Interesting stuff, right?? :)

Enrico, thanks for the possible ID of the shrimps!

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Re: Photos of X. sp. red princess in its natural habitat

Post by Thomas Andersen » Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:09 am

Some more of Evert's amazing photos:

Boulengerochromis microlepis hunting on the mudfloor:
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An overview of the mudfloor, not sure if the fishes are Triglachromis or Limnochromis, any ideas?
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Xenotilapia sp. "fluorescent green", one of them incubating:
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And last, but certainly not least, a not published before photo of Xeno nigrolabiata "Red Princess" :shock: :shock:
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It's so beautiful!!!

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