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Old 02-03-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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ID this Fish!

Is this frontosa Rare?
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:16 PM   #2
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No, I don't really think it is a frontosa rare.
Maybe a closer pic could help me find out what specimen it is.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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The design seems rare?
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:20 PM   #4
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Very true, i see better now. The mouth fins and design do. Though i don't have much experience in this section of the fish, looking at it's forehead, i don't see the development of that thing that pops out on his head. Though, now clearer, i think it might be a frontosa rare.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:15 AM   #5
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Very true, i see better now. The mouth fins and design do. Though i don't have much experience in this section of the fish, looking at it's forehead, i don't see the development of that thing that pops out on his head. Though, now clearer, i think it might be a frontosa rare.
Fronts dont have the hump form when they are juveniles. The hump starts to form when the near adulthood and gets rather large.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:14 AM   #6
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The frontosa in your photo has what is called mooning (the white 'semi-circle' just beneath the dorsal fin at the top of the thickest bar), usually considered an imperfection.

The specimen may also be a burundi-kigoma hybrid and here's why:

Burundi's are the most common six-stripe variant. They have vertical eye-bars as the frontosa in the photo does.

Kigoma's are 7-stripe variants. In addition to the 7th stripe, kigoma's have a "mini-stripe" that exists between the eye-stripe (in kigoma's, more of an eye 'patch') and the 2nd stripe (better seen in the smaller kigoma in the photo below), right above the gill plate:


Your frontosa seems to have this kigoma 'mini stripe' (which burundi's lack) yet has 6 stripes and the burundi's vertical eye bar. Its thickest stripe may also represent the merging of two stripes due to potential 6-stripe/7-stripe lineage.
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