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Old 07-07-2012, 05:23 AM   #1
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Frontosa ID ??

Just picked up a new juvenile (2"-3") Front from the LFS today. It was in a tank labelled as Burundi but looked a bit out of place with a distinct dark mark running between the eyes.

Anyone able to help me correctly identify this little guy?











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Old 07-07-2012, 09:07 AM   #2
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Thats a frontosa. They get super big! They are great fish
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:15 AM   #3
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thanks for the confirmation jacobs.

anyone able to advise what variant of Frontosa this is?
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:52 AM   #4
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Probably one of the southern 'Gibberosa' types. With the, the eye-bar forms a 'mask' which connects to eye bar on the other side, not the vertical eye-stripe that the northern burundi variant has (their vertical eye stripes are not connected to each other).

Left (southern gibberosa type, Mpimbwe actually); Right (Burundi); note the eye stripe difference:


Close up of the juvenile mpimbwe from the above photo:


And years later as a matured adult:


Unfortunately there are several southern-types and they can appear quite similar when small, so it's hard to tell which type of 'Gibberosa' you have at this time.

The mask of my Kipili-variant (also a southern type) is slightly different than that of my mpimbwe:
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:34 AM   #5
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hey kay-bee19, thanks for your input. the 1st photo you posted is a great example of the stripe difference. looking at it now the stripe on my fella definitely looks like a gibberosa.

guess i'll just have to wait for this one to grow a few more inches, do a bit of research on gibberosa types and try to ID it again... with your help of course

by the way, your fish look great!
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:01 AM   #6
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only a few days have passed but it's time for some new photos already. i'm amazed by how different he looks already








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