Dwarf Kirbensis?

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by curiousowl, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. curiousowl

    curiousowl New Member Member

    I had a customer come in and asked me to order dwarf kirbensis...I'm pretty sure kirbensis are already a dwarf cichlid species...
    I don't want to go looking for something that is right in front of me, lol. He has a planted community tank I know there are rock kirbensis, but are there others?
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2015
  2. hampalong

    hampalong Well Known Member Member

    There are other Pelvicachromis species, some of which are a bit smaller than kribs, but there isn't a true "dwarf krib".
     
  3. T

    Thai Aquarium owner Well Known Member Member

    Welcome to the forum,
    The Kribensis is classed as a " dwarf cichlid ", and to my knowledge there is only the one Krib.
     
  4. chromedome52

    chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    All the species of Pelvicachromis are often given common names using the term "Krib". The most common species, and therefor the "Common" Krib is P. pulcher. There is a fish known as a Giant Krib, P. sacrimontis. Oddly, the name P. kribensis, once thought to be a synonym, has been brought back in a recent paper on P. taeniatus populations. It is used for some populations from northern Cameroon, including the often available "Moliwe" population. New names were described for populations further south.

    I would assume that they are asking about the common P. pulcher; if they wanted something less common, they would likely have used the scientific name.

    Edit: Rock Kribs are actually a Haplochromine, Paralabidochromis sauvagei, from the Lake Victoria basin. Their colors resemble the common Krib, hence the name.
     
  5. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Rock kribs also aren't a real dwarf, getting 5 inches.....
     




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