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 Post subject: astotalapia burtoni/calliptra
PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 12:02 pm 
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i was wondering if these were the same species or different ones.

i thought the caliptra were from malawi but i saw today that the burtoni were listed from tanganyika. and my spelling is horrible so please forgive me.

borrowed from kevinb BURTONI

and as kevin states that they are between tanganyika and victoria in some swampy areas.

borrowed from the gcca for comparison.
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there is a good article on cichlid-forum about them as well. it states that they are located in some rivet systems that feed lake malawi and can be found in the lake as well.

i am asking because i just acquired a group of 12 and had some debate as to the id. i posted here since i was leaning towards calliptera from malawi. but to me the only difference i noticed in pics was the eggspot patterns. in the burtoni they are the smaller dashes without the hollow ring.

in the calliptera they are larger with the hollow ring. other than that the body shape and coloration is close. but on kevinB's page he had a pics of a blue coloration. i have yet to see that myself.

but as with most things off of google they can be inaccurate or mislabeled. so thats why i am asking. the ones i have are only about 1.5" and some have a little color. but as i gather more info and get some pics i hope to get a proper id.

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 Post subject: Re: astotalapia burtoni/calliptra
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Sam is a really nice kid and great hobbyist but he refuses to believe he made a mistake. (I tried to tell him so in the GCCA forum.) The GCCA fish is a calliptera without any doubt.

Discussed here as well:
http://www.hillcountrycichlidclub.com/f ... =27&t=7223

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lol good to know.

how bout some others i found..

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now these do look different.

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after looking at more pics i do believe i have calliptera. i dont have any pics if the parents but they are a strong match for the species.

will try to get some pics of the juvies. some were showing color but since the move not anymore. will see who colors up again this time around.

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 Post subject: Re: astotalapia burtoni/calliptra
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My burtoni maxed out at 3 to 3 1/2"

My calliptera grew to around 6 1/2"

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ah good point.

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 Post subject: Re: astotalapia burtoni/calliptra
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We have been keeping and have bred both the Astatotilapia Burtoni and the Astatotilapia Calliptera, I have always thought that the Calliptera are from Lake Malawi and that the Burtoni were riverine into Lake Tanganyika, the pics below are a bit cr@ppy but you can easily see the difference:
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hi everyone,very nice posts,i like this forum very much ...

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