Apistogramma paulmuelleri

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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 paulmuelleri


Apistogramma paulmuelleri Römer et al., 2013

  • Holotype: MUSM 41805.
  • Paratypes (27): MTD F 32638 (1, 1), F 32639 (1, 0), F 32635 (1, 0), F 32636 (1, 1), F 32637 (3, 1), F 32643 (1, 0); MUSM 41806 (2, 0), 41807 (1, 1), 41808 (2, 1), 41809 (1, 0), 41810 (2, 0), 41811 (1, 1); CAS 233863 (1, 1), 233864 (1, 0).

Type locality: small quebrada (stream) close to the carretera (road) from Iquitos to Nauta, Departamento Loreto, Peru; [field-station F8-P-2011-R: position 04°24'S, 73°34'W [1]].

Etymology: The specific name paulmuelleri honours the late Professor Emeritus Dr. Paul Müller (10th October 1940 to 30th May 2010), one of the leading biogeographers of recent decades, who made a number of significant contributions to our understanding of the origins of Neotropical cichlids, including the genus Apistogramma. Prior to his retirement, Professor Müller was head of department at the Institute for Biogeography at Trier University, where the senior author had the honour and pleasure of cooperating and regularly discussing his own work on Apistogramma with him.


  • Römer, U., Beninde, J., Duponchelle, F., Dávila, C. R. G., Díaz, A. V. & Renno, J.-F.; 2013: Description of Apistogramma paulmuelleri sp. n., a new geophagine cichlid species (Teleostei: Perciformes) from the Amazon river basin in Loreto, Peru. Vertebrate Zoology, 63 (1): 15–34. PDF