Apistogramma macmasteri

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Apistogramma macmasteri
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Apistogramma
A. macmasteri
Binomial name
Apistogramma macmasteri

Apistogramma macmasteri is a dwarf cichlid in the tribe Geophagini, one of the tribes of the subfamily of American cichlids, the Cichlinae.[1] It is a freshwater fish that lives in the Meta River system, a part of the Orinoco basin in Colombia. They grow up to 7 centimetres (2.8 in) in total length.[2]

Fish keepers have selectively bred variants with brighter colors than those found in the wild. It is possible that some of these are crossbred with Apistogramma viejita.[3]

The author, Sven O. Kullander honoured the cichlid aquarist Mark McMaster with the specific name of this species. McMaster had pointed this species out to Kullander in 1973, when only aquarium specimens were available.[4]


The female places her eggs inside the roof of a cavity or underneath a leaf.[2] She takes care of the eggs and alone,[2] while the male guards the territory.


  1. ^ Wm. Leo Smith; Prosanta Chakrabarty; John S. Sparks (2008). "Phylogeny, taxonomy, and evolution of Neotropical cichlids (Teleostei: Cichlidae: Cichlinae)" (PDF). Cladistics. 24 (5): 624–641.
  2. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2017). "Apistogramma macmasteri" in FishBase. October 2017 version.
  3. ^ Apistogramma macmasteri - dwarfcichlid.com
  4. ^ Christopher Scharpf & Kenneth J. Lazara (22 September 2018). "Order CICHLIFORMES: Family CICHLIDAE: Subfamily CICHLINAE (a-c)". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. Retrieved 18 November 2018.