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PostSubject: Paralabidochromis chromogynos   Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:34 pm

Picture of a male and female Paralabidochromis chromogynos. The female is a little younger I believe. Some of my other potential females have a lot more of the piebald blotches. This one just happened to wander into the pic.



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PostSubject: Re: Paralabidochromis chromogynos   Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:38 pm

Thanks for posting. Great photography! I had to do a little research to learn more about this fish. I like it. So many fish, so few tanks...

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PostSubject: Re: Paralabidochromis chromogynos   Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:53 pm

Very nice.

I like how the female is not just the typical silver that a lot of the haps are.
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PostSubject: Re: Paralabidochromis chromogynos   Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:22 pm

I guess that's why its species name is chromogynos.
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... female is not just the typical silver that a lot of the haps are.
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PostSubject: Re: Paralabidochromis chromogynos   Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:52 pm

One of the other (hopefully) females. Even cooler looking.

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PostSubject: Re: Paralabidochromis chromogynos   Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:28 am

An excellent portrait!

Is a well-marked piebald pattern desirable in females? That is, the more piebald the better?

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PostSubject: Re: Paralabidochromis chromogynos   Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:41 pm

I dont think there are international judging standards for this one yet -- it's a natural fish, not a selective-bred mutant. So to answer your question, ask the male how much piebald pattern HE likes on his girls!
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PostSubject: Re: Paralabidochromis chromogynos   Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:05 pm

I think this is a species where bald is better. George Costanza will be reincarnated and happy.
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PostSubject: Re: Paralabidochromis chromogynos   Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:10 pm

*lol* But it might just be, Gerald, that strong piebald marking helps with natural selection - eg., the well-marked females are better seen by the males in the murky depths and so are chosen over the paler females. Maybe?

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PostSubject: Re: Paralabidochromis chromogynos   Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:53 am

Yup - could be a mate-recognition thing, or maybe a camouflage adaptation, or both.  There's plenty of blotchy-pattern cichlids in Lake Malawi; not so many in Lake Victoria.

With mouth-brooders, the female chooses her mate.  The male will spawn with any ripe female that looks vaguely like his species and enters his nest area (thus the prevalence of hybrids in captivity).
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