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Apistogramma wolli  Römer, Soares, Dávila, Duponchelle, Renno & Hahn, 2015

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Geophaginae
Etymology: Apistogramma: Greek, apisto = uncertain + Greek, gramma = graphic signal (Ref. 45335);  wolli: Named for Wolfgang 'Wolli' Friedrich, one of the most notable and skilled professional German fish breeders of recent decades until he finally closed down his facility in early 2014. This is in recognition for his long-term work in breeding cichlid fishes which has substantially contributed to the present knowledge of this family of the Teleostei. A noun in apposition. Wolfgang.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.3 - ?.   Tropical; 25°C - ? (Ref. 104987), preferred ?

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South America: Peru.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 104987)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 16 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 3-6; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5 - 7; Vertebrae: 23 - 24. Apistogramma wolli can be distinguished by the following characters: medium-sized (males to 62 mm, females to 40 mm SL); laterally compressed; moderately high-backed and elongate; and pronounced sexual dimorphism and dichromatism. It differs from all known congeners by a combination of the following characters: massive jaws and hypertrophied yellow lips in adult males; dorsal fin with serrated membranes, truncated in females; small (but in females large) squarish lateral spot on center of vertical bar 3; large round, in females upright oval, caudal spot; caudal fin lyrate, in females rounded, with red marginal band to upper and lower lobes (Ref. 104987).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Collected in a few small, shallow blackwater rainforest streams along both sides of the border between Ecuador and Peru. Observed usually hiding among the leaf litter, which (apart from scarce driftwood) is the main substrate covering the sandy bottom (Ref. 104987).

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Römer, U., D.P. Soares, C.R.G. Dávila, F. Duponchelle, J.-F. Renno and I. Hahn, 2015. Re-description of Apistogramma payaminonis Kullander, 1986, with descriptions of two new cichlid species of the genus Apistogramma (Teleostei, Perciformes, Geopha-ginae) from northern Peru. Vert. Zool. 65(3):287-314. (Ref. 104987)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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