New species of Krobia cichlid described

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Swedish cichlid expert Sven Kullander has described a third species of cichlid in the genus Krobia.

Publishing the description of Krobia xinguensis in the latest issue of the journal Zootaxa, he distinguishes the new species from K. guianensis and K. itanyi, primarily by deeper caudal peduncle, and details of the colour pattern, including a dark band on the sides of the body reaching to the end of the dorsal-fin base, contrasting stripes between the eyes, a slightly curved dark stripe below the eye, and a small dark spot anteriorly on each side of the lower jaw.

The new species is known from the Xingu River drainage, after which it is named. This species has been imported in the aquarium trade as Krobia sp. ‘Xingu red cheek’.

For more information, see the paper: Kullander, SO (2012) Krobia xinguensis, a new species of cichlid fish from the Xingu River drainage in Brazil (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Zootaxa 3197, pp. 43–54.

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