SJO - Fundulopanchax (Gularopanchax) sjostedti
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Fundulopanchax sjostedti
The Blue Gularis

Discovered in the late 1800's, by November of 1905 it was being kept in Germany and a photo of this fish exists. Innes photographed it in color in the early 20th century and over the years is has been an emblematic and iconic fish, chosen as the logo for the first national Killifish organization. In 1998 a new form was found that did not have the characteristic orange tail, being instead a sort of pink-lavander color.

1905 Arnold1932 InnesLoe, 2016 (Gaisor)


Note the spelling of the name, described in Eschemeyer:
"sjostedti, Fundulus Lönnberg [E.] 1895:191 [Öfversigt af Kongliga Vetenskaps-akademiens Forhandlingar v. 52 (no. 3); ref. 14584] Waterfall of the Ndian River (4°57'N, 8°53'E) and Bonge, western Cameroon. Syntypes: ZMUU 272 (2). Type catalog: Wallin 1996:61 [ref. 32133]. Originally as sjöstedti; since name is not of German origin [Art. 32.5.2.1], the species should be sjostedti and not sjoestedti. The fact that the name of the Swedish collector is printed as Sjöstedt does not make a difference. •Valid as Aphyosemion sjoestedti [sic] (Lönnberg 1895) -- (Wildekamp et al. 1986:236 [ref. 6198] with a holotype [no holotype was established originally], Seegers 1988:49 [ref. 19980], Romand in Lévêque et al. 1992:601 [ref. 21590]). •Valid as Fundulopanchax sjostedti (Lönnberg 1895) -- (Wildekamp 1996:207 [ref. 23649], Murphy & Collier 1997:797 [ref. 25585], Lazara 2001:135 [ref. 25711], van der Zee et al. 2007:109 [ref. 30034] as sjoestedti, Collier 2019:32 [ref. 37884]). Current status: Valid as Fundulopanchax sjostedti (Lönnberg 1895). Nothobranchiidae. Distribution: West-central Africa: Cameroon. Habitat: freshwater."


The geographical information is not entirely correct however, as the fish is also found in coastal Nigeria and there is at least one report from Vin Kutty (Pers comms, 1988) of them being found in the ocean near the shore and being commonly found there for years.

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Photos of gularis in planted tanks - they make an impressive display. Other than the fact they can eat their weight in Amano shrimp 3 times a day they're perfect for aquascaped tanks.
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Cameroon -
Nigeria -

2022 1st place AKA convention. Photo: Bretz, Fish: Epperson.
AKA -   Show winning SJO
Fpx. fallax

The gularis tail fin is unique by being trilobate or three pointed but other killifish have the same color pattern in the tail and withing the highly variable killifish species there are on occasion individuals of other species in other genera that look alarmingly similar in at least one way, to SJO.


Aphyosemion herzogi
Japanese Dwarf Red Gularis. Phoro and fish by Black Jack.
BKA-80 -  CI2012 -   DeSouza -
DKG_Blue -   Dwarf_Red -   Sexton -   sports_hybrids -   thornton -  us_blue -

The first gularis color phoro. Photo by Innes.
1915_Schjerning -  Germany 1932_Moody -  Innes
1964_Siegal -  US Import 1971_Hoppe -  King of the Killies

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