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The Amazon area and Western Guyana
General Body Form:
The Festivum has a truly unique look. It is deep bodied with a pointed head. This point is more pronounced in young specimens. The Dorsal, Ventral and Anal fins are pointed and can reach to the back edge of the caudal fins. Older adults take on a more hunchbacked appearance.
The Festivum have many distinct coloration patterns. This is due
to the fact that some sub species are occasionally imported and each
has slight variations, mostly in the number of bands and how they
are arraigned. Here are some of the variations. Mesonauta insignis
has 7 faint vertical bars that these fish exhibit when stressed,the
2nd and 4th are joined and the scales above the diagonal flagbar are
reticulated. M mirificus third bar is divided and there are think
horizontal lines above the diagonal flag. M. egregius has the third
bar divided into two. I will give a general description here. The
most easily identified trait is the diagonal bar or "flag"
that extends from the mouth, across the lower part of the eyes and
then up to the soft part of the dorsal fin. The back or the part above
this band is a dark shade of Brown. The rest of the body color is
a Green-Yellow with a metal like sheen. Air the start of the tail
fin there is a large Black spot outlined in gold and sometimes a similar
spot is seen in the center of the flag band. The pectoral fins are
colorless and the rest have an over-all faint yellow look interlaced
with small spots. Sexing is hard, with the females being slightly
smaller than the males.
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