San Fernando de Atabapo, Amazonas, Venezuela
Above: The Apistogramma sp. “Breitbinden”
still has not been scientifically described.
The biggest one I saw was around 8 cm ( 3
inches) long. I have only seen them breeding
in the rainy season, which is around June.
Above: The Apistogramma sp. “Breitbinden” a
Middle Left: Laetacara fulvipinnis was
recently described in 2007. The orange color
on the tips of the dorsal fin, yellowish body
with black back, and blue highlights make it
a dream aquarium fish.
Middle Right: This was the third time I had
observed Heros severus fighting, which I had
seen not only in this river, but also in other
rivers around Venezuela. The fights can last
up to 10 minutes.
Below: Mesonauta swim majestically
in the water, as they seemingly slide
and float magically through the water
without moving their fins. I have always
compared the way they swim with the way
Pterophyllum altum swims.