NOTIFICATIONS: Cichlid Room Companion system and editorial notifications.


Public user pages improvement (29-May-2020)

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.

Favorite items (29-May-2020)

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.

Bibliography for genera (24-May-2020)

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.

Genera species per country (27-Apr-2020)

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.

Affinity groupings for genera (24-Apr-2020)

In order to have a better understanding of cichlid genera I have added a tab to each genus profile for showing affinity groups (e.g. herbivorous, cave brooders, etc) to which species in each genus are linked. Affinity groups are classified in several categories (morphology, habitat, feeding, mating, breeding, aquarium and special). I have also added a clickable summary to each genus profile. In addition, the report for general catalog groupings (linked in the left menu of the main catalog page) is now given by genus and not by species. I have done this to give a better picture of genera affinities. We are still working to assign each cichlid species to affinity groups but the advanced work should give a good picture for each species.

Tropheus sp. 'maculatus' added to the cichlid catalog as potentially undescribed (30-Dec-2019)

Based on the paper van Steenberge, Maarten. 2014. "Species and speciation in Tropheus, Simochromis and Pseudosimochromis". PhD Thesis KU Leuven, Belgium. pp. 1-358, we have tentatively included in the catalog the potentially undescribed species Tropheus sp. 'maculatus'.

BOT attacks protection (07-Nov-2019)

We have implemente a DNS proxy to control the attacks by BOTs, because of this you may sometimes experience a five seconds white javascript screen before you access the Cichlid Rom Companion, this is perfectly fine.

Forum restored (28-Oct-2019)

After some very heavy load produced by misbehave BOT crawlers, we have had to shut down the forum intermittently during the past few days. As of now we have implemented several protective measures including DoS attack protection, session number limitation and updating the php software to version 7.2 (although the CRC supports the latest 7.3 the forum software does not yet). As of now The forum software is now operational again, we continue monitoring the forum and keep hopeful the taken measures will suffice. We are sorry for the inconveniences caused by the interruptions.

New genus Paragobiocichla (10-Oct-2019)

Based on the recent paper by Weiss, J.D & F.D.B. Schedel, Zamba, A., Ibala, E.J.W.M.N. Vreven & U.K. Schliewen (2019) we have added to the catalog the new monotypic genus Paragobiocichla for P. irvinei.

Four new potentially undescribed species added to the catalog (09-Oct-2019)

Based on Ad Konings 4th edition (2019) of "Lake Tanganyika cichlid in their natural habitat" book, we have added to the catalog four potentially undescribed species, namely Julidochromis sp. 'ornatus kombe', J. sp. 'ornatus kapampa', ]J. sp. 'ornatus muzi' and Neolamprologus sp. 'kombe'.

Pelmatochromis annectens junior synonym of Thysochromis ansorgii (09-Oct-2019)

Based on the new paper by Walsh, Lamboj & Stiassny (2019), we move to accept the junior synonymy of Pelmatochromis annectens to Thysochromis ansorgii, initially proposed by Lévèque et al. in 1991.

Complete Buntbarsche Bulletin Index (17-Nov-2018)

We now have a complete index of the American Cichlid Association's Buntbarsche Bulletin in the site, all references are cross-linked to their treated species profiles. Thanks to Daryl Hutchins who included over a hundred issues that were still in need of indexing.

Cichlasoma urophthalmus stenozonum junior synonym of Mayaheros urophthalmus (11-Nov-2018)

Following Morgenstern (2018) we have placed Cichlasoma urophthalmus stenozonum in junior synonym of Mayaheros urophthalmus.

Haprochromis sp. 'Ile des cochons' included in the catalog (09-Jun-2018)

Based on Oliver Lucanus (2018) account on this potentially new species, we have included it in the cichlid catalog with a character of potentially undescribed, so future references to this form can be addressed to its own record.

22 years online! (06-May-2018)

The Cichlid Room Companion reaches today 22 uninterrupted years online!.

We reclassify Rocio gemmata as junior synnym of Rocio octofasciata (26-Dec-2017)

Based on arguments presented in Artigas Azas, 2018, we reclassify R. gemmata as a junior synonym of R. octofasciata.

Two potentially undescribed species of Lepidiolampolohus included in the catalog (16-Oct-2017)

We include two new potentially undescribed species of Lepidiolamprologus from Lake Tanganyika in the cichlid catalog: Lepidiolamprologus sp. 'hecqui mahale' and L. sp. 'meeli southeast'.

Get your public profile! (03-Aug-2017)

You can now activate your public profile page with your favorite species and social media information by checking 'Activate public profile' in your user editing form. The URL for your public profile will be then given in your user information for you to share.

Catalog counts now available (23-Jul-2017)

A table with the number of species in the cichlids catalog, tabulated by geographic area and taxonomic status is now available.

Vieja sp. 'coatzacoalcos' removed from the cichlid catalog (19-May-2017)

Due to the fact that we have not been able to find a clear diagnosis that may differentiate Vieja sp. 'coatzacoalcos' from V. zonata we have removed the former from our catalog, this is done until a clear diagnosis becomes available. We recognize that all species exhibit a certain degree of variability and should not confuse this with a specific differentiation.