Apistogramma helkeri

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Taxonavigation: Cichliformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Ovalentaria
Superordo: Cichlomorphae
Ordo: Cichliformes

Familia: Cichlidae
Subfamilia: Geophaginae
Genus: Apistogramma
Species: Apistogramma helkeri


Apistogramma helkeri Schindler & Staeck, 2013

  • Holotype: MTD F 33020.
  • Paratype: MTD F 33021.

Type locality: Venezuela, Estado Amazonas, drainage of the lower río Cuao, approx. 500 m upstream of the village Danto, approx. 05°02′N, 67°33′W [1].

Etymology: The species is named after Oliver Helker, one of the collectors, who brought this species to attention of the authors and provided several photos and the information on the collecting site.


  • Schindler, I. & Staeck, W.; 2013: Description of Apistogramma helkeri sp. n., a new geophagine dwarf cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from the lower río Cuao (Orinoco drainage) in Venezuela. Vertebrate Zoology, 63 (3): 301–306. PDF