Pelvicachromis kribensis 'Subocellatus' pair

Pelvicachromis kribensis


P. kribensis ‘Pulchra’ (Boulenger, 1901)
P. kribensis ‘Sacramontis’ (Joachim Paulo, 1977)
P. kribensis ‘Subocellatus’ (Gunther, 1872) Coastal areas from Gabon to Lower Congo, possibly Cameroon*
P. kribensis ‘Taeniatus’ Lokunge (Boulenger, 1901)

For years the phenotypic variations found in different locations have been (and still are by many) labled as separate species, i.e., P. kribensis ‘Subocellatus’ is known by many as P. subocellatus, with kribensis being either thrown out altogether or used as a common  or “catch all” name for this group.    Adhering to current classifications as well as for ease of site navigation,  the specific Pelvicachromis that I work with are all being described under the species name kribensis, and the former associated species names are used to designate phenotype and/or locale.   I have long felt that this made the most sense, and I expect the same reclassification to happen for others, such as the jewel cichlids of the genus Hemichromis.  We’ll see.  In the meantime, I guessing that given this reclassification the species the actual authority would be Boulenger, 1901.

Pelvicachromis kribensis ‘Subocellatus’

 Pelvicachromis kribensis ‘ Sacramontis’ and fry