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Just one more example of why we're waiting for Mike to write his DC book...

In a message dated 03/16/2001 10:46:17 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
apistowise@bewellnet.com writes:

<< Scott,
 Good for you, a true observer! Yes, A. Papagei, along with A. sp. Pebas, and 
 couple of other unnamed forms from Peru, all show a "caudal patch" made out 
 the caudal spot and a dark part of Bar 7. It is similar to that seen in the
 commbrae-complex species (A. commbrae, A. inconspicua, A. linkei, & some
 intermediates) from the Rio Guaporé/Paraguay systems. The former group, 
 the Pebas-complex (in the regani-group) can be separated from the
 commbrae-complex (also in the regani-group) by certain dark markings most 
 seen in brooding females. The females of the Pebas-complex show very few 
 (only 2 - 4) along the lateral band while in brood dress. Females of the
 commbrae-complex show 6 - 7 lateral spots. Pebas-complex forms all exhibit a
 series of dorsal spot similar to eunotus-complex & macmasteri-group species. 
 same dorsal spots on commbrae-complex species generally have very indistinct
 borders and usually form a poorly formed band of sooty gray along the back. 
 Pebas-complex species are (so far) much more colorful and slightly larger 
 than those of the commbrae-complex. The commbrae-complex occurs in the 
Guaporé &
 Paraguay drainages of Bolivia, Brazil, & Paraguay. The Pebas-complex is 
found in
 the Amazonas drainage of northeastern Peru. The commbrae-complex is most 
 related to the resticulosa-complex while the Pebas-complex shows 
 to the regani- & cruzi-complexes.
 Mike Wise

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