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 Post subject: I hope I don't get annoying - Another ID
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:53 am 
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I have been chasing up this "Christmas Fulu" saga and have been given a picture of another fish.

At first I dismissed it as another sp. 44 hybrid. But it was pointed out to me that is strongly resembles Mpibia lutea.

This seems like a strong possibility. They have been known as Xystichromis sp. "carp" in the past. If they entered in the Australian hobby with this name they would not have lasted long. The real European carp has been a pest in our waterways for a long time destroying habitat. There would be too much stigma with that name.... and very easy to substitue phytophagus as the species name, because "Christmas Fulu" is definitely way sexier that "carp".

Ok so to the tiny picture. Is is possible this is Mpibia lutea?
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I'll try to get better pictures, but I am relying on the generosity of hobbyists across the country....


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 Post subject: Re: I hope I don't get annoying - Another ID
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To me it looks like sp44. Not so sure about it being lutea though.

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mattrox wrote:
Ok so to the tiny picture. Is is possible this is Mpibia lutea?
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It does look very similar to mine:
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 Post subject: Re: I hope I don't get annoying - Another ID
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The similarity between sp. 44 and this fish is partly why so many hybrids are going around.

Apparrently only "Obliquedens" and "Phytophagus" were marketed when a Vic cichlid import occured 20 years ago. None of them were X. phytophagus, but it looks like brownae and sp.44 were brought in..... and perhaps Haplochromis sp."carp" or Xysitchromis sp. "carp" (synonyms) was brought in and marketed here under "Christmas Fulu".

I am hoping that I can get some more definitive photographs.

Thanks for your input.

I think it was photos of your fish Kevin that made the owner of these fish ask the question.


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 Post subject: Re: I hope I don't get annoying - Another ID
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Mattrox the fish on yur pic looks alot like M.lutea, all the facial mask is similar, the body color and fins color are similar but also the general morphology(lutea being a lttle more massive in head surface) having a more robust appearance. So I :) think this could be a M.lutea
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