Callopanchax monroviae (Roloff & Ladiges 1972)
Callopanchax monroviae. Photo courtesy of Ed Pürzl
|Meaning of Name||
After the city of Monrovia, Liberia.
Roloff, E. and W. Ladiges 1972
Roloffia monroviae spec. nov. Beschreibung einer reuen Roloffia-Art aus Liberia.
Aquarien und Terrarien-Zeitschrift v. 25 (no. 9): 299-301.
D=15·8, A=18·2, D/A=2, ll=33·8
Harbel - Also distributed as 'Harbel Red'. Collected by Etzel & Putz but I have no information on the year of collection.
Monrovia - Roloff collected in this area in 1972 & Etzel also collected here in 1978.
Forest pool about 25 miles from Monrovia.
This chart appeared in BKA newsletter No.100, December 1973 in an article by Hans van Es from data supplied by Ton van der Velde in 1972. It concerns the rainfall & temperatures over a 12 month period in the area of Monrovia.
is found sympatrically with Scriptaphyosemion
liberiense (then referred in the article as Roloffia
Introduced into the KFN around 1970 as an import
from Peter Busink. At first these were considered to be Roloffia
occidentalis but a difference in colour patterns was later
used as a seperator between these sp.
First introduced to the BKA through Fred Wright towards the end of 1972.
A blue population was distributed in the BKA to breeders team members in October 1973.
Red, Blue & yellow forms were imported into the USA but it seemed only the blue form could be found in year 2000.
Fred Wright reported that eggs first received in the BKA hatched out after 5 and a half months of dry storage.
A breeding report from BKA newsletter No.100
stated that fish were kept in a community of other large killies endemic
to west Africa. When females were ready for spawning they were placed
in a tank at least 24" long with a peat substrate of at least 2".
Plants were added as cover for females. Water conditions were regarded
as not critical & even wild fish were tolerant in this regard. Trios
were used for spawning. Fighting may ensue & can lead to the death
of either sex. Fish are left in this set up for a week & then taken
out. The peat was then taken out & dry stored for 12 weeks. The
peat was wet in water at the same temperature used for breeding. Fry
hatched rapidly & growth rate was regarded as very good.
|Diameter of Egg|
This sp. is regarded as a heavy eater. When fully bloated they later resume normal body proportions but have been observed not to eat again for some time.