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Black Neolamprologus leleupi?

6 years 8 months ago #32902 by MbunaRob
Thanks Mike. Mustax makes a lot of sense as it looked similar to an N. mustax (Chituta). Your mention of the Mustax also jived my memory that both the Mustax and Leleupi are similar species that do exist in dark forms in the wild and exhibit polychromatism. I vaugely recall hearing of a Black Mustax. I also recall reading somewhere that the yellow forms in the hobby are ones that lack the black pigment that hide the bright colors. My alpha male Leleupi appears to need to shave his 5-o'clock shadow, perhaps these Luangwa need to shave their backs as well?

There does appear to be a Luangwa rift valley and the Luangwa river is a major river in eastern Zambia, however it appears that this is a branch off of Lake Rukwa-Lake Malawi, so I'm unsure if that would makes any sense or not.

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6 years 8 months ago #32901 by mikeg2929
Pete Durkin sold a variant of leleupi called lungawa or lunagwa - something like that. Cold fish will show crummy colors at the auction.

The fish, and this is from memory, was sort of an intermediate species between the true leleupi and the mustax. That's the conversation i recall having with Pete a few years ago.

If you google him, you should be able to find his contact number and email.

Good luck.
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6 years 8 months ago #32898 by MbunaRob
Another fun GCCA auction this October. I always see something new and interesting to me. I saw one auction bag marked, from what I could interpret, as Leleupi Langana or perhaps Lagana. The group of 2" fish appeared to have the same body shape as a N. leleupi with a similar coloring to the orange/firecracker variety, but the fish were mostly a dull black with only traces of orange. Unfortunately I couldn't find enough information on this fish to bid competitively on this item, after a quick and unsuccessful Google search on my phone.

Can anyone confirm the identity or have any other information on this fish? Could this have been an alternate variety or morph of Leleupi or possibly another species entirely using "Leleupi" in its trade name?

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