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 Post subject: differences in Astatotilapia species
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:48 am 
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sorry to post this here but I figured people here would know better than in the Malawi and Tanganyika sections. My question is what are the visual differences between Astatotilapia calliptera and Astatotilapia buttoni?

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 Post subject: Re: differences in Astatotilapia species
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sorry to post this here but I figured people here would know better than in the Malawi and Tanganyika sections. My question is what are the visual differences between Astatotilapia calliptera and Astatotilapia buttoni?


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The burtoni is a very small (3") riverine with a higher body. The calliptera is larger (5") riverine and has a little more elongated body. Like most riverines, they can have color differences based upon collection location. If you've ever kept both species, they are very easy to tell apart. If you are just looking at pictures, it is much harder to see the differences.

You don't mention where you are from. A few years ago there were a lot of calliptera being sold as burtoni around Chicago.

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 Post subject: Re: differences in Astatotilapia species
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I am in Utah near salt lake city. I have calliptera but a picture I saw of burtoni looked identical to my dominant male

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 Post subject: Re: differences in Astatotilapia species
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a little off topic but can calliptera be kept with latifasciata?

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I am in Utah near salt lake city. I have calliptera but a picture I saw of burtoni looked identical to my dominant male

Can you post a picture of your fish?

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 Post subject: Re: differences in Astatotilapia species
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not a good pic(cell camera) but he actually looks almost identical to the calliptera pic above when in breeding colors
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I have fry! amazing, these fish are just 2 months old a d mama released 24 fry today.

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