New pike cichlid

In this month’s issue of Zootaxa, there is an interesting piece on a new Crenicichla species (pike cichlid), named ploegi after Dutch ichthyologist Alex Ploeg. The new species, a member of the saxtalis group, is characterized by a prominent humeral blotch exhibited in both juveniles and adults.

I reached out to the lead author, Dr. Henrique Varella, over a year ago for an interview. He agreed at the time, and I even sent him some interview questions. However, we weren’t able to get it done. I’ll revisit Dr. Varella and see if I can maybe get some questions in on the new ploegi species.

See Leonard Ho’s post at Advanced Aquarist for nice photo of a male and female.

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