|Greetings. I hope everyone enjoyed their summer activities and are now ready to get back to some serious cichlids. Remember a few issues back when I jumped the gun by selecting a species for the Mystery Fish whose description had not yet been published? Well, maybe I should do that more often, as soon after I admitted my faux pas, Randall Kohn came forward and volunteered to tell us all everything we might need to know about Etia nguti, this — until now — virtually unknown little cichlid from West Africa. Thanks, Randall, for bailing me out! Elsewhere in the issue, we continue with an essentially all-African issue (sorry, Neotropical buffs, but I promise we’ve got some good stuff coming for you next issue), Ad Konings discusses the open-water planktivores of Lake Malawi — known collectively as utaka — as exemplified by a particularly diverse group of species found at one locale in the lake. In addition to being fabulous aquarium species, this group is of critical economic importance as a food source in the lake. Also from Malawi, first-time author Larry Caraballo boosts the rep of a relative newcomer to the hobby, Cynotilapia afra “Cobue”, another plankton-feeder, but this time an mbuna species, from the lake. Moving on to Lake Tanganyika, we visit the opposite ends of the spectrum of so-called shell-dwelling species. First, Eric Genevelle describes the life history of Lamprologus callipterus, the largest member (indeed, adult males couldn’t begin to get inside a shell!) of this group; then, Georg Zurlo does the same for the smallest members, sibling species Lamprologus multifasciatus and L. similis. Finally, we hop to Madagascar for Sonia Guinane’s account of the current status of populations of the genus Ptychochromis, including her own experiences with keeping these interesting fishes. Wind it up with an all-new What’s New and we’ve got a fall issue. See you next year!|
|Jeffrey N. Taylor, Editor
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