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We have added a new editorial section by Pam Chin, who will be sending us articles about her experiences about swimming with cichlids in many localities of Lake Tanganyika. We have already started the section with one article: "Cape Kachese -Zambia". Check it out!.
Some changes in nomenclature for the genus Tropheops were made based on the discovery by Konings (2022) of the correct type locality of Tropheops tropheops, the type species of the genus, and of Pseudotropheus novemfasciatus. The changes include the re-identification of T. tropheops for what we listed as Tropheops sp. 'broad mouth’ — this latter profile was deleted. What we previously listed as Tropheops tropheops is now referred to as T. sp. 'orange chest'. Additionally, a new profile for Tropheops sp. 'masimbwe' was created for what we previously listed as Pseudotropheus novemfasciatus. The real P. novemfasciatus was previously listed as Pseudotropheus sp. ‘lucerna brown chia’ — the latter profile is now deleted.
We have changed two groups of references classification in our library. The groups "Distribution and conservation" and "Ecology and environment" are now "Distribution and exploration" and "Ecology and conservation". The affected references have been reclassified under their new groups.
Thanks to all of you who visit us and support us, today the Cichlid Room Companion makes twenty six years uninterruptedly online.
We are naming Philippe Hotton from Belgium, longtime supporter of the Cichlid Room Companion, as fellow of this site. Philippe has translated to French many thousands picture captions, as well as many genera and species profiles, and a significant amount of material that allow us to provide the content of the site to native French speakers in their own language. A huge amount of work. Thanks Philippe!.
Tomas Nilsson from Sweden, long time sponsor of the Cichlid Room Companion, has recently passed away, as reported to me by his family, who also told me he always held this site in his heart. Starting today I have dedicated the following species profiles to his memory: Cincelichthys bocourti, Cribroheros alfari, Thorichthys aureus, Thorichthys helleri, Thorichthys maculipinnis, and Thorichthys pasionis. These profiles, as it was his wish when sponsoring them, will remain open for all to read as long as the site is under my supervision.
Following Turner, Ngatunga & Genner (2021), we make the following changes to Astatotilapia species in the cichlid catalog: Haplochromis gigliolii, Haplochromis fuelleborni and Haplochromis katavi are moved to Astatotilapia; Tilapia (Ctenochromis) sparsidens is provisionally recognized as junior synonym of Astatotilapia bloyeti (This was first proposed by Regan, 1922); Astatotilapia paludinosa is recognized as a junior synonym also of A. bloyeti; Haplochromis sp. ‘Chala’ is identified as Astatotilapia bloyeti and removed from the catalog; Astatotilapia swynnertoni is recognized as a junior synonym of Astatotilapia calliptera; Paratilapia vollmeringi is recognized as a junior synonym of Astatotilapia gigliolii; Astatotilapia tweddlei is recognized as a junior synonym of Astatotilapia gigliolii.
Following Vranken et al., 2020 we have moved Thorachochromis petronius to the junior synonymy of T. pharyngalis.
Following Stauffer et al., 2020:130 we elevate Serranochromis robustus jallae to specific status.
Following Artigas Azas (2020:10) we now list Kinichthys as a junior synonym of Cincelichthys.
Species bibliographies can be now ordered chronologically and showing the nomenclature history of the species besides the regular bibliographic order.
To help you find a genus even if it is considered a synonym of another, I have developed a report that shows you the full list of genera plus their taxonomic status. For valid genera you can see the number of species currently assigned to it. To reach this report you have to click on the "genera" sub-menu option in the main catalog page. To return to see the valid genera default list you simply have to click on "genera" again.
The weekly traders reports will now include if the offer is for a "want" (the advertiser wants that fish) or "sell" (the advertiser sells that fish.
Following Ford et al 2019 phylogenetic work on Oreochromis we have reduced Alcolapia as a subgenus in our catalog.
IUCN species classification of risk is now shown graphically in each species profile.
Registered user have now the possibility to add a custom text and motto to their public profile pages. This can be done by first activate their public profile page in the edit section of the user page. After this is done, a text box will appear allowing a custom text to be added, this text and motto will be then show in the public profile page of the user, which can be accessed from a link in the upper green menu bar under the user's name.
Try to find a reference, profile or picture you liked or use? There is now the possibility for registered users to add items, which include genera, species, localities, pictures, videos and references as their favorites. This is done by clicking on the "add to favorites" link in a profile. For pictures or videos, click on the white star on the item page, which will then turn gold. To get to a picture page from the expanded picture view, click on the little camera icon shown in the caption. Favorite items will be shown in the "favorites" tab in the user page, from where users can subsequently easily access them.
I have now added a new tab to each genus profile so you can have a list of bibliography for a genus. The report obtained includes references where the genus is treated as whole in any area, like taxonomy, genetics, distribution, behavior, etc.
I have added a new tab to the genera profiles so that you can now see the country distribution for the species in each genus.