Endemic Tanzanian cichlids

Underwater video of endemic cichlids in their natural habitat including the Alcolapia species flock feeding, A. ndalalani males sparring, A. latilibris male courting a female in the Lake Natron springs, Ctenochromis sp. females feeding in Chemka Springs, Ctenochromis sp. male guarding a cave and Haplochromis sp. in the shallow water near the shoreline of Lake Chala

Lake Natron cichlids feeding in nature

Endangered Alcolapia latilabris, Alcolapia ndalalani and Alcolapia alcalica from the very shallow freshwater springs around Lake Natron, Tanzania. The natural range of these fish is very limited and they are highly vulnerable to changes in their environment.

Underwater virtual reality 360°

Underwater 360° video from one of the Xingu river's tributaries. Fishes making an appearance include: stingrays / arraia (Potamotrygon leopoldi , piranhas (Serrasalmus manueli and Pristobrycon spilopleura), characins (Hemiodus , Brycon , Arconectes), pike cichlid / jacunda (Crenicichla phaiospilus) , pacu (Metynnis polystictus), trairão / wolf fish (Hoplias aimara), Leporinus sp. and many others.

The headwaters of the Rio Xingu in Brazil's Mato Grosso state drain small valleys in a region devastated by industrial agriculture from soy bean production and cattle farming. Where forest remains the rivers have clear water and many fish school in deep water. In this location an old bridge has collapsed, leaving behind timbers and structures in deep water (10 m/30 ft) below the new bridge.

This is our first 360 degree virtual reality video, it is best viewed with a headset such as the Oculus Quest 2, HTC Vive Pro, or other virtual reality headset. If viewing this video on a computer monitor use the mouse to change the 360° view.

Ptychochromis insolitus, the endangered Mangarahara cichlid from Madagascar

Ptychochromis insolitus, also known as the Mangarahara cichlid, or Joba Mena, is one of the most endangered cichlids in the world. Its habitat in Madagascar is changing because of dams and deforestation. Introduced species also outcompete this endemic cichlid. Conservation groups, zoos, and dedicated hobbyists try to maintain this unusual cichlid in captivity.

Corydoras apiaka in nature

The Teles Pires Hydroelectric project is permanently flooding rapids and small creeks in the region around Sinop, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Corydoras apiaka is one of the species affected by the flooding. Habitats like the small creeks shown here are quickly disappearing all over the world as deforestation, mining, industrial agriculture and hydroelectric dams destroy these biotopes. Come see this small Corydoras catfish in nature, in a beautiful creek that now no longer exists.

Aerial video from Serengeti National Park

Aerial video from Serengeti National Park, from the Fish + Forest expedition to Tanzania 2015.

360° video from one of the upper tributaries of the Xingu river, Brazil

See one of the upper tributaries of the Xingu River in virtual reality 360° . Filmed during the 2017 Fish+Forest Expedition to Brazil. Look closely at the water and you might even see a stingray!

This video is best viewed with a headset such as the Oculus Quest 2, HTC Vive Pro, or other virtual reality headset. If viewing this video on a computer monitor use the mouse to change the 360° view.

Searching for the elusive Oreochromis hunteri in Lake Chala, Tanzania

On the border of Tanzania and Kenya, a tiny crater lake lies hidden in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is home to the elusive Oreochromis hunteri, threatened by deforestation, siltation, and introduced cichlid species (Haplochromis spec. and Coptodon rendalli). See this unique habitat in East Africa!

IctioXingu fish breeding and research facility in Altamira on the banks of the Xingu

Video tour of of Dr. Leandro Melo do Sousa's Rio Xingu Fish Breeding Facility at the U. of Para, Altamira, Brazil filmed during the 2016 Fish+Forest expedition. See breeding of Hypancistrus zebra, Pseudacanthicus, Scobinancistrus and many other Xingu plecos and cichlids.

Aerial video of the Rio Iriri rapids, at the confluence of the Xingu

Filmed by UAV during the 2016 Fish+Forest Expedition- see the Rio Iriri, just upstream of the confluence with the Rio Xingu. This large rapid is the location of the famous L177 Gold Nugget pleco, Baryancistrus xanthellus. Cichla melaniae, Hoplias aimara, Potamotrygon leopoldi (polkadot stingray), Retroculus xinguensis and Crenicichla dandara can also be all found here.

Tonino, our boat pilot is catching a very large cachorro, Hydrolycus armatus by hook and line! Check out our 3D model of a Hydrolycus skull and the Iriri rapids in the link below.

Rare aerial view from 2016 of Arapuja island before flooding by the Belo Monte dam.

UAV video from Brazil by the Fish+Forest team in 2016 showing the forest clearing on the Arapuja island in the Xingu river across from the city of Altamira.

New Tetra Guide: 30 New Tetras ! Hyphessobrycon and Moenkhausia from Brazil!

As the first companion video the Tetra Special Issue from AMAZONAS Magazine this video check out this first of two YouTube videos showing 30 of the new tetras from Mato Grosso Brazil. For some of these fish this is the first time they are shown on video and many are still very difficult to find in the hobby.

New Tetra Guide: 15 more New tetras!

The long awaited follow up YouTube video showing 15 more new tetras from Brazil as as a companion to the AMAZONAS Magazine tetra special issue is here! Many of the fish shown are rarely available in the hobby. The video also includes never before seen underwater footage of the habitat in nature of where these fish come from.

Hypancistrus zebra in the wild

Underwater video of a zebra place from the Xingu river. This video is a supplementary file from our publication in Global Ecology and Conservation: Conservation and trade of the endangered Hypancistrus zebra (Siluriformes, Loricariidae), one of the most trafficked Brazilian fish. The publication is available in the link below.

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