Here are the endemic species which have been named to date:
The last listed species, the arrow cichlid, was discovered by George Barlow in 1976, while the other five were discovered between 2008 and 2010 by a multinational research team in collaboration between FUNDECI/GAIA, Jay Stauffer's group at Pennsylvania State University and Matthias Geiger at Maximillian Ludwig University (Munich). They are all very closely related species, evolved since an introduction into the volcanic crater lake 10,000-20,000 years ago. All the fish are descendants of a parent Midas cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus) stock.
In the photo below, taken while SCUBA diving on one of our monitoring sites in Laguna de Apoyo, several of the above-mentioned species are present.
|A multispecies Amphilophus school in our monitoring site. Photo by Balasz Lerner.|
|Lorenzo Lopez is taking notes on fish populations in our fish monitoring activity in Laguna de Apoyo.|
Not only fish are observed in our monitoring work. We count the crabs seen as well:
|Potamocarcinus nicaraguensis in Laguna de Apoyo.|
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