NOTIFICATIONS: Cichlid Room Companion system and editorial notifications.


Quick Response Code images with URL information (30-Mar-2016)

For our mobile users now we have Quick Response Code images at the bottom of each site document, this way you can easily scan it from a screen and open the document in your mobile devices.

Site 100% mobile friendly (09-Mar-2016)

Given the increasing number of people accessing the site from mobile devices, we have worked during the past couple of weeks to make it 100% mobile friendly, something we have achieved today. Enjoy!.

New Central American genera classification adopted (13-Feb-2016)

We adopt in the cichlid catalog most of the general proposed by McMahan et all in 2015: Chiapaheros, Cincelichthys, Kihnichthys, Maskaheros, Mesoheros, Rheoheros and Trichromis for Central American cichlids (or from Central American origin in the case of Mesoheros). For the time being we reserve the use of Oscura until more support for it is available. We also synonymize Nosferatu with Herichthys following Mejia (2015). At this point with the available support (e.g. McMahan et all, 2005) we adopt the synonymy of Paratheraps with Vieja proposed by Allgayer (1991) because we believe a good degree of support and nomenclature stability has been achieved. The update of the respective profiles will be done in the coming weeks.

Pseudotropheus lucerna identified (04-Jan-2016)

Because of new evidence, we have removed the profile of Tropheops sp. 'lucerna nkhata', which very likely corresponds to Pseudotropheus lucerna. The details will be given in the species profile shortly.

New potentially undescribed species added to the catalog (19-Dec-2015)

We have added 11 new potentially undescribed cichlid species endemic to the northern satellite lakes of Lake Malawi to the catalog. We base the inclusion in the paper Malinsky, Milan & Richard J. Challis, Alexandra M. Tyers, Stephan Schiffels, Yohey Terai, Benjamin P. Ngatunga, Eric A. Miska, Richard Durbin, Martin J. Genner, George F. Turner. 2015. "Genomic islands of speciation separate cichlid ecomorphs in an East African crater lake". Science. v. 350(n. 6267), pp. 1493-1498. The list of the new potentially undescribed species is: Astatotilapia sp. 'ikapu dark', Astatotilapia sp. 'ilamba black', Astatotilapia sp. 'itamba dark', Astatotilapia sp. 'itende', Astatotilapia sp. 'kingiri black', Astatotilapia sp. 'massoko benthic', Astatotilapia sp. 'massoko littoral', Oreochromis sp. 'golden chambo', Otopharynx sp. 'Ilamba tetrastigma', Rhamphochromis sp. 'kingiri brevis', Rhamphochromis sp. 'kingiri dwarf'.

Alternative distribution maps (17-Nov-2015)

We now offer alternative distribution maps for species. When we have more than one map that covers part or the whole of the distribution for one species, that map will be listed as an alternative map as a link under the active distribution map for the species, by clicking on it the alternative map can be obtained.

Genera distribution maps improved (17-Sep-2015)

In the genera distribution maps, you can now select the species for which you want to plot their distributions on the map.

Species bibliographies now inherit references from synonyms (11-Sep-2015)

The bibliography for a species now inherits those references that deal with its junior synonyms. To flag inherited references a trailing text has been added to each of them: The text “Referring to …” gives the indication that the paper refers to the species as its junior synonym (or any of its historic name combinations). The text “Referring also …” gives the indication that the junior synonym (or any of its historic name combinations) is treated in the paper in addition to the currently accepted name. An example of the latter is a paper proposing the synonymy of one species to another, in this case both proposed synonyms (junior and senior) are treated in the same paper.

Compare cichlid pictures! (01-Jun-2015)

A new utility is available starting today in the Cichlid Room Companion that allows you to compare two cichlid pictures side-by-side. All you have to do is click on the pin icon in the caption of any cichlid picture, navigate the site and click on the now balance icon in the caption of a second picture, this last action will take you to the comparison page.

19 years online!! (06-May-2015)

Today the Cichlid Room Companion is 19 years online!! Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us! Thanks for visiting us and support us all this time!!!.

Haplochromis sp. 'chipwa' added to the catalog (20-Apr-2015)

Based on Meyer et al (2015), we are including in the cichlid catalog the new potentially undescribed species Haplochromis sp. 'chipwa' from Lake Tanganyika basin, which was found near the Kalambo River mouth in Zambia.

Reclassification of Callochromis species (12-Apr-2015)

We are following Takahashi & Nakaya (1998), with additional arguments provided by Konings (2015:303) in relocating Pelmatochromis stappersii as a subjective junior synonym of Callochromis pleurospilus in our catalog. We are also adding the potentially undescribed species Callochromis sp. 'pleurospilus tanzania' as proposed by Konings (2015:304) for those specimens previously considered as Callochromis stappersii from Central Tanzania between the Mahale Mountains and Cape Mpimbwe.

Reclassification of Astatheros nourissati in Theraps (26-Mar-2015)

Taking in consideration the recent DNA phylogenetic studies (Říčan et al, 2008; López-Fernández, et al, 2010; McMahan et al, 2010) we decided to return the species nourissati to its base genus Theraps from its current placement in the Cichlid Room Companion as Astatheros. It appears that the morphological and behavioral similitudes of this species with A. robertsoni are more likely the result of convergent evolution than of close relationship between the two species, as all DNA studies show consistently T. irregularis as its sister species.

New potentially undescribed Tropheus (23-Feb-2015)

We add to the catalog the new potentially undescribed species Tropheus sp. 'viridescens' following the thesis by Maarten Van Steenberge (2014), who gives compelling data for the consideration of this previously a population of Tropheus brichardi as a new species, which differentiates from the latter by a crescent shaped caudal fin and five to seven anal spines. The provisional name we give is Tropheus sp. ‘viridescens’, following Patrick Tawil (2012), who first thought this could be a new species and gave it that name.

Neetroplus bocourti reclassified as Vieja (08-Feb-2015)

We reclassify Neetroplus bocourti (now as exCichlasoma) in the genus Vieja with a tentative character. Although there is not a direct reference in a taxonomic paper in this sense to our knowledge, Říčan et al. (2008) in a phylogenetic study show the close relationship of this species with Vieja heterospila based on ecological, DNA (both nuclear and mitochondrial) as well as in traditional morphology combined phylogeny. We make this move to reflect a consistent position on this clade of Central American cichlids.

Harpagochromis sp. 'serranus juma island' (30-Jan-2015)

Based on a report and article by Mark Smith we are including in our cichlid catalog Harpagochromis sp. 'serranus juma island' as a potentially undescribed species, closely related to Harpagochromis serranus.

New format for the reference report (08-Jan-2015)

We have updated the format for a reference report trying to make it better organized and more informative. We now separate the information obtained from the reference in three tabs; one for the main reference profile with the species treated in the reference, one for nomenclature actions, and a third tab for geographical information.

We remove Petrochromis sp. 'gold' (30-Dec-2014)

We remove Petrochromis sp. 'gold' from our cichlid catalog following advice by Patrick Tawil, curator of the species, since the potentially undescribed species seems to be the same as the recently described Petrochromis horii. A recent field photographic study of the populations made by Adrian Indermaur shed new light on this species. This step is taken at least until we obtain new evidence of the validity of a different taxon.

New potentially undescribed species (29-Dec-2014)

Because of the suggestion by Thomas Andersen (2015), we have decided to include in our cichlid catalog the potentially undescribed species Xenotilapia sp. ‘bathyphilus yellow’. This form has been considered a geographical variant of Xenotilapia bathyphilus until now. According to Andersen, this potentially undescribed species differs from the nominal X. bathyphilus by the yellow color of the lips (versus blue), but most noticeably in the breeding behavior. X. bathyphilus constructs and maintains a peculiar territory with sometimes more than 10 cm tall turrets made by heaped-up sand. In contrast, males of the Xenotilapia sp. ‘bathyphilus yellow’ neither construct any sand-scrape spawning site nor are they territorial, but they court females and spawn with them whenever their encounter occurs.

We remove Xenotilapia sp. 'papilio katete' (29-Dec-2014)

We remove Xenotilapia sp. 'papilio katete' from out catalog since we judge that relatively small differences in coloration should not be enough to separate species. Additionally, Heinz Büscher (personal communication to Ad Konings) was not able to find any meaningful morphological difference between the proposed species and Xenotilapia papilio.