Monday, 7 January 2008

New Lake Victoria cichlid described

From Practical Fishkeeping

A new species of Haplochromis has been named after the Father of Modern Taxonomy, Carolus Linnaeus (or Carl von Linné), by Dutch scientists.

The description of Haplochromis vonlinnei from Lake Victoria is published in the latest issue of the journal Zoologische Mededelingen by Martien van Oijen and Marnix de Zeeuw.

According to the authors, H. vonlinnei is distinguished from other members of the genus in being “[a] moderately large sized, moderately slender macrognathic species with a smoothly curved dorsal head profile, a rather acute snout, and strongly curved teeth.

The species has a distinct mid-lateral band, which is broader in males than in females, a thinner and interrupted dorsal lateral band.

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