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The Original
Pterophyllum Species Identification Guide

This page was first put together in May of 2000 to aide the wild angelfish hobbyist to identify what their fish may look like and is a simple reference tool. We hope it helps everyone in their quest to further study the wild angelfish population. Below you'll see fish classified that have variations from one another. However, it is most appropriate to list them with the species they most resemble. Remember... "There are only 3 valid species." The rest are merely variants of those three.

This identification guide is nearly 12 years old and new information needs to be added. We are constructing a "New" Identification Guide that we hope will help you even further.

Please click on the images for a larger view.

     
Pt. cf. Altum Pelligrin 1903
  A01   A02   A02
Juvenile Pt. altum
© Horst Linke Germany
Juvenile Pt. altums
© Karsten Kress
Adult Pt. altums
© Walter Soestberger
 A04  A05  A06
Adult Pt. altums
© Robert Deutschmann
2 yr old Pt. altums
© Frank Grainer
 
Adult Pt. altums © Colin
     
Pt. cf. Leopoldi 1963 Gosse
(Originally thought to be Dumerilii 1855 Castelnau)
  B01   B02   B03
Juvenile Pt. leopoldi
© Frank Grainer
Juvenile Pt. leopoldi
© Michelle Ricketts
Juvenile Pt. leopoldi
©Tonny Brandt Anderson
 B04  B05  B06
10 mo. old Pt. leopoldi © Michelle Ricketts
Adult Pt. leopoldi pair © Alec P. McFarlane
Adult Pt. leopoldi © Michelle Ricketts
     
Pt. cf. Scalare 1823 Hinrich Martin Lichtenstein
 C01  C02  C03
Pt. scalare  © Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod T.F.H
Pt. scalare  © Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod T.F.H
Pt. scalare  © Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod T.F.H
 C04  C05  C06
Pt. scalare
© David Weber -US
Pt. scalare
© Michelle Ricketts-US
Pt. scalare © Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod T.F.H
     
Pt. cf. Scalare (Eimekei) 1928 Ahl
 D01  D02  D03
Pt. Scalare (Eimekei)
© Michelle Ricketts - US
Pt. Scalare (Eimekei)
© Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod
Pt. Scalare (Eimekei)
© Michelle Ricketts - US
 D04  D05  D06
Pt. Scalare (Eimekei)
© Frank Grainer - US
Pt. Scalare (Eimekei)
© Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod
Pt. Scalare (Eimekei)
© Michelle Ricketts - US
     
Pt. cf. Scalare (Peruvian)
 E01  E02  E03
Pt. Scalare (Peruvian)
Alberto Barboza - US
Pt. Scalare (Peruvian)
Alberto Barboza - US
Pt. Scalare (Peruvian)
Gerald Klauner-Brussels
 E04  E05  E06
Pt. Scalare (Peruvian)
© Hans J. Mayland
Pt. Scalare (Peruvian)
© Alberto Barboza - US
Pt. Scalare (Peruvian)
© Alberto Barboza - US
     
Pt. cf. Scalare (Red Shoulder)
 F01  F02  F03
Pt. Scalare (Red Shoulder)
© Peter Goebel
Pt. Scalare (Red Shoulder)
© Peter Goebel
Pt. Scalare (Red Shoulder)
© Peter Goebel
     
 
 
Pterophyllum Altum - Pellegrin 1903
 
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