COLOMBIA: Río Apaporis – a cornucopia of new species, Part 3

By Heiko Bleher

After about an hour of walking, we saw the clear, slightly tea-colored stream in this dream biotope, which meandered like a snake through this unique primary forest between rocks also covered with moss and large stones.

I dipped my net into it, dragged it over the sandy substrate along with leaves, roots and small branches. A beautiful Apistogramma was in it with golden yellow chest and bright red fin fringe, a dwarf Crenicichla species, the smallest Dorid on earth, with barely 15 millimeters total length, Physopyxis cf. lyra and shortly after a beautiful crayfish, actually a pair.

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