Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Geophaginae
Etymology: Apistogramma: Greek, apisto = uncertain + Greek, gramma = graphic signal (Ref. 45335); baenschi: Named after Hans A. Baensch, a famous German publisher.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
South America: Peru.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55840)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Distinguished from all other species of Apistogramma by the combination of the following characters: 5 complete, intense vertical bars; a narrow lateral band; distinct spots on the back; small and mostly round caudal peduncle; a round, in males red marginated, caudal fin; extremely prolonged lappets of, especially, the prior part of the dorsal fin of males; distinct anal spot and only during breeding care, broadened distal part of the suborbital stripe of females (Ref. 55328).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Römer, U., I. Hahn, E. Römer, D.P. Soares and M. Wöhler, 2004. Apistogramma baenschi sp. n. Beschreibung eines weiteren geophaginen Zwergcichliden (Teleostei: Perciformes) aus Peru. Das Aquarium (422):15-30. (Ref. 55840)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01950 (0.00838 - 0.04534), b=2.99 (2.81 - 3.17), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec<1000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .