Anyone know what this fish is?

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Got 2 from my local when they were about the size of a 50p coin they have grown to the size of my oscars in a few monthes. The owner wasent in the shop when i bought them and when i showed his a pic of them he couldn't tell me what they are.
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They could be some kind of tilapia possibly a line bred version of butterfrikoi but not 100% I think you certainly have something unique there…
 

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It’s a natural variant of Heterotilapia buttikoferi.
 

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Are we speaking English here? :lol:

Never heard of any of those as not kept any cichlid before, sorry :blush:

But sounds like the ID of OPs fish has been confirmed, good work.
 

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What size is the tank? They’ll probably kill the Oscars as soon as they’re big enough (ie same size). Unless it’s a huge tank...
 
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Thanks for finding out what they are its a 6ft aquarium filled with a mix of south american fish including green terrors, oscars, silver dollers, and a sail fin pleco. Knowing that they are not south american i may get rid of them at some point but atm the tank is peaceful.
 

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Are we speaking English here? :lol:

Never heard of any of those as not kept any cichlid before, sorry :blush:

But sounds like the ID of OPs fish has been confirmed, good work.
It is the genitive meaning "of Büttikofer".
So it is the actual name of a person.

I think it is a Dutch / Swiss biologist which has been Director of a Dutch Zoo early 1900.

Latin often place the i behind the name of the person who discovered / described it
Paracheirodon Axelrodi (Axelrod's Paracheirodon)
Corydoras Schultzei (Schultze's Cory)
Corydoras Sterbai (Sterba's Cory)
etc
etc

In case of a "female genetive" ending at A in Latin the E is added

Corydoras carlae (Carla's Cory = Wife of a Dutch scientist)
Corydoras virginiae (Virginia's Cory)
Etc
etc...

Makes some fish- and plantnames a little bit easier to remember hahahaha.
 

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It is the genitive meaning "of Büttikofer".
So it is the actual name of a person.

I think it is a Dutch / Swiss biologist which has been Director of a Dutch Zoo early 1900.

Latin often place the i behind the name of the person who discovered / described it
Paracheirodon Axelrodi (Axelrod's Paracheirodon)
Corydoras Schultzei (Schultze's Cory)
Corydoras Sterbai (Sterba's Cory)
etc
etc

In case of a "female genetive" ending at A in Latin the E is added

Corydoras carlae (Carla's Cory = Wife of a Dutch scientist)
Corydoras virginiae (Virginia's Cory)
Etc
etc...

Makes some fish- and plantnames a little bit easier to remember hahahaha.
Oh I know the are Latin names.


I was just joking and making fun is all.
A little friendly banter :lol:

It’s good you did a little research on Latin names and background meanings.
Excellent stuff.
 

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Oh I know the are Latin names.


I was just joking and making fun is all.
A little friendly banter :lol:

It’s good you did a little research on Latin names and background meanings.
Excellent stuff.
Of course you knew but tried to explain the source / namegiving. Hoping for a Corydoras doubledutchi some time hahaha.
 

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“Named after Johan Büttikofer (1850-1927), Swiss zoologist who worked in the museum of Leiden [Holland] as curator, and collected the type material.“

(from the description at Cichlidae.com)
 

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