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'.
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.
In the genera distribution maps, you can now select the species for which you want to plot their distributions on the map.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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' 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.
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.
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 are now offering a new report on indexed cichlid magazines (those publications for which we try to have all references included). In this report you can request the index of all issues and their content of a given publication in a select volume. This is additional to the report of a given publication issue where you can additionally get the species treated.
We are now starting to offer videos for localities besides those of a particular species found in a locality which we were already offering. These videos will show the habitat at the locality and locality overviews with several fish species included, both cichlids or also other fish. We invite you take a look at the cool video by Ad Konings of a stingray at Igarapé Barirí in the Rio Negro.
Based on the new paper by Caleb D. McMahan et al (2014), we have included what has been known as Cryptoheros coatepeque in the synonymy of C. nigrofasciatus. The authors, using molecular and morphological characters, have found that C. coatepeque is phylogenetically nested within the clade of C. nigrofasciatus.
Based on the new publication by Anton Lamboj et al (2104), we have re-validated the taxon Pelvicachromis kribensis to represent the Cameroonian populations of P. taeniatus, which has been restricted to the populations in eastern Benin and Nigeria. We have also included in the catalog the new taxon Pelvicachromis drachenfelsi which now represents the former P. taeniatus population of the Wouri river in Cameroon.