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RE: Nanochromis dimidiatus "Leza"

All right you did it now. I want some who has them? You Fish tease...
and a cold shower wont help either
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From: owner-apisto@admin.listbox.com [mailto:owner-apisto@admin.listbox.com]On Behalf Of R3K1@aol.com
Sent: Saturday, November 30, 2002 10:40 PM
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Subject: Re: Nanochromis dimidiatus "Leza"

In a message dated 11/26/2002 2:19:56 AM Eastern Standard Time, owner-apisto@admin.listbox.com writes:

Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 20:50:23 -0600
From: adelau <adelau@uwyo.edu>
Subject: Keeping new Nanochromis sp.

Hello all,
Out of curiosity, did anyone get their hands on some so
called "nanochromis dimidiatus" recently? Also, beside
nanochromis parilus and transvestitus, is there any
successful spawning on other nanochromis?
By the way, I read my ASG journal and would like to know
more about nanochromis.

Dear Adelau,

The new Nanochromis species that has been imported into the US for the first time this year is N. dimidiatus "Leza."  Please note that the designation "Leza" is but a trade name and does not correspond to Leza, DR Congo, located near the Zambian boarder.

Various US distributors have been offering wild specimens of late, all of which are believed to be from a singular source.  After pressuring a distributor friend of mine here in the Northeast to furnish specific collection information, as far as I can ascertain, this form was collected between Kutu and Bokoro, DR Congo.

There are two localities named Kutu in DR Congo.  Apparently, the correct Kutu is the one located just south of Lac Mai-Ndombe on the Fimi River in Bandundu Province, very close to the type locality of Nanochromis tranvestitus.  Going up river from Kutu, there is approximately a 31-mile stretch to Bokoro.

>From what I've seen, there are two color forms: one with a clear dorsal fin, and another with a red band in the male's dorsal fin.  In the red dorsal form, the female's red dorsal coloration is reduced to a narrow margin.  Both sexes exhibit reddish coloration on the gill plate and, to a lesser extent, on the operculum, and ripe females display a rosy belly.  All in all, quite a beautiful little fish with a mild disposition.

This dimidiatus form spawns in typical Nanochromis fashion.

Thank you.

Randall Kohn