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    Cyphotilapia (Frontosa) Identification

    This is intended to provide a general guideline for identifying the Cyphotilapia variants. Please note that individual coloration varies depending on mood, lighting conditions, and other factors.
    Note: These are taken from Heather a site advisor of a dedicated Frontosa site

    Kigoma (Collection Points: Kigoma, Bangwe/Boulomboro)
    Distinguished by their seven stripes, yellow coloration in the dorsal fin, and a broad eye stripe at the "cheek" (below the eye). Adult males may develop large "humps" on their foreheads. Boulomboros and Bangwe (which are believed to be the same collection point) look extremely similar to Kigomas, occasionally showing more yellow and less blue throughout the body.


    Juvy


    Burundi / "sp. North" (Collection Points:Karilani, Kavala, Burundi, etc.)
    Distinguished by their long, thin and well defined vertical eye stripe. Adult males typically develop large "humps" on their forehead.



    Burundi Fry
    [FONT=Georgia]A dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.[/FONT]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karlo View Post
    This is intended to provide a general guideline for identifying the Cyphotilapia variants. Please note that individual coloration varies depending on mood, lighting conditions, and other factors.

    Kigoma (Collection Points: Kigoma, Bangwe/Boulomboro)
    Distinguished by their seven stripes, yellow coloration in the dorsal fin, and a broad eye stripe at the "cheek" (below the eye). Adult males may develop large "humps" on their foreheads. Boulomboros and Bangwe (which are believed to be the same collection point) look extremely similar to Kigomas, occasionally showing more yellow and less blue throughout the body.


    Juvy


    Burundi / "sp. North" (Collection Points:Karilani, Kavala, Burundi, etc.)
    Distinguished by their long, thin and well defined vertical eye stripe. Adult males typically develop large "humps" on their forehead.
    thanks Sir Karlo, very Nice info..
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    Part 2: Continuation
    Burundi Juvy


    Tanzanian (Collection Points: Mpimbwe, Samazi, Kipili, Ikola, Kasanga, Kantalamba, etc.)
    Distinguished by an eye stripe that wraps around the front of their face and extends over their eye to the jaw.


    Tanzanian Fry


    Tanzanian Juvy
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    Part 3: Continuation
    Zaire (Collection Points: Kitumba, Kapampa, Moba, Tembwe, Moliro, etc.)
    Distinguished by their "zorro mask" that wraps over the top of the "forehead" and does not extend too far across the eye typically... although Zaire eye stripes do vary. Unique black counter shading is present in their finnage as well.



    Zaire Fry


    Zaire Juvy


    Zambian (Collection Points: Nangu, Sumbu, Chaitika, Isanga etc.)

    -- see Tanzanian ID
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    The following list was compiled to help hobbyists better understand the different Cyphotilapia species, variants and collection points. The list was assembled to show that Cyphos from certain collection points could/should be grouped together as a variant or type do to similarities. This does not mean that fish from different collection points within a geographical variant are identical. Cyphos from different collection points should be kept in separate aquariums to avoid interbreeding. We hope this will be beneficial until we are able to complete and implement a detailed Species / Variant / Collection Point Map. If you have information you would like to contribute please send a message to an Advisor or Admin.
    Note: Cyphotilapia Frontosa & Cyphotilapia Gibberosa are currently the only recognized scientific classifications.


    Cyphotilapia Frontosa
    Variant: Burundi (In the future, this variant will possibly be classified into a new species)
    Collection Points:
    Bulu Point
    Burundi
    Karilani
    Kavala
    Zaire North

    Variant: Kigoma / 7 Stripe (In the future, this will likely be the only fish classified as Frontosa)
    Collection Points:
    Bangwe
    Boulomboro
    Kigoma

    Cyphotilapia Gibberosa
    Variant: Tanzania or Southern Tanzania
    Collection Points:
    Fulwe Rocks (Fulwe)
    Ikola
    Kantalamba
    Kasanga
    Kipili
    Mabilibili
    Mpimbwe
    Molwe
    Samazi / Bismark
    Sibwesa
    Tanzanite

    Variant: Zambian
    Collection Points:
    Isanga
    Chaitika
    Nangu
    Sumbu

    Variant: Zaire (Congo, DR) or Southern Zaire (Congo, DR)
    Collection Points:
    Kalumba (Collected at Lupota?)
    Kapampa
    Kitumba
    Moba (Collected at M'Toto)
    Moliro
    Tembwe

    Reclassification

    In 2003 Tetsumi Takahashi and Kazuhiro Nakayaa classified a second species of Cyphotilapia...Gibberosa, which is restricted to the southern half of the lake. It is likely that future species will be classied, beginning with a new northern species. Gibberosa differs from Frontosa in the following ways...
    Tetsumi Takahashi's and Kazuhiro Nakayaa's Abstract (Details differences between Gibberosa and Frontosa)
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    Thanks Karlo...I am also a frontosa hobbyist this info can contribute to my knowledge of frontosa

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    Sir what are the differences of Blue zaire frontosa from blue zaire "Moba".. All i know is blue zaire "Moba" have solid blue color compare to blue zaire

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    ganda ng mga frontosa,gusto ko sana ng ganyan kaso maggastos magpaganda ng awaurium kaya flowerhorn na lang nilagay ko sa 75g ko..

    nice thread sir..

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    cool post . . what is the use for there stripes ? ?
    Last edited by jumanji; 05-05-2009 at 10:17 PM.

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    kung newbie ka **** parang wala man pagkakaiba pero ang gaganda nila.. nice thread ito.. lalo na sa mga nagbabalak mg fronts..
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