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Help with idetifying one of my fish

7 years 3 months ago #32240 by Nuchal Man
Definitely looks like a Aulonocara sp. "stuartgranti maleri". As far as nailing down the location, that is a much more difficult thing to do and one I wouldn't sweat it. It's almost impossible to know the location unless it was sold with one. There are multiple locations and I wouldn't be surprised if they've been crossed.

The best ways to tell a Aulonocara baenschi from a Aulonocara sp. "stuartgranti maleri" is looking at the snout. Aulonocara baenschi has a much more rounded snout profile than Aulonocara sp. "stuartgranti maleri". Aulonocara sp. "stuartgranti maleri" snout is longer and looks quite similar to your standard Aulonocara stuartgranti. Another decent ID characteristic, although not as good as the above is looking at where the blue coloration is on the fish. Aulonocara sp. "stuartgranti maleri" has almost an entirely blue head with blue coloration above the eye and blue on the entire snout. Aulonocara baenschi doesn't typically have that much blue and it is mostly concentrated under the eye.

Another characteristic I've found is that Aulonocara sp. "stuartgranti maleri" males when older also have a more pronounced nuchal hump than Aulonocara baenschi. Although it's nothing close to what you see on Central Americans, it's there. You can also see this in Aulonocara stuartgranti.

I don't completely trust the orange or yellow coloration as a great way to differentiate the two species. While Aulonocara sp. "stuartgranti maleri" is typically more orange, I've seen many that are either faded to yellow due to behavior or in general were just yellow fish. I've also seen some pretty dark yellow-orange Aulonocara baenschi.

Another problem with common names, both the sunshine peacock. Adds a lot of confusion.

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7 years 3 months ago #32239 by ElectricBlue
Here are a few more pictures of him





Him on the left and a Ruby Red on the right


Sean

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7 years 3 months ago - 7 years 3 months ago #32237 by scubadiver
Sounds like you have pretty peacock.

Chipoka is great guess if he is Orange - I dont see as many of them around as Ruby Red's and Benga's.

The picture looks yellowish and I had a benga that looked identical, however he was a bright yellow. Except when he was getting beat up by the dominant male then the yellow faded to a rusty yellow.

Not sure anyone can say for certain with out nowing his origin.

Its a boy and its a peacock - dont breed it and if you need to sell just sell as it a peacock.

The risk of hybridizing or him being a hybrid (although he does not look like it) is just to great if you dont know the origin.

Cheers,
Jason

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7 years 3 months ago #32235 by ElectricBlue
Mine has is more orange then yellow. He isnt even comparable to my Sunshines other then being a peacock. If this is a benga, this would be my only benga, so the only thing i have to compare him to are pictures on here.

Thanks for the help everyone

Sean

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7 years 3 months ago #32234 by GMguy383
i hope you can school me but i had both or each were labeled different and the benga was bright yellow while the chipoka had more orange. i thought that was the best way to tell the difference between the two?

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7 years 3 months ago - 7 years 3 months ago #32233 by scubadiver
Definitely an Aulonocara

My guess would be Aulonocara Baenschi / Benga

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7 years 3 months ago #32232 by GMguy383
looks like it could be Aulonocara sp. "Stuartgranti Maleri" (Chipoka)

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7 years 3 months ago #32229 by ElectricBlue
Could someone possible tell me what ive got here?

Thanks




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