06-17-2007, 08:43 PM
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The auratis is sexually color dimorphic. The male will morph into the darker color scheme, opposite the female, as he grows into sexual maturity. This neat scheme is not uncommon in many cichlid species, or other fish species for that matter. Kennyii males, for example, turn a orange/yellow color as they mature. Many African male cichlids develope "egg spots" on their anal fin. Many South American, as well as African, cichlids will have a sexual color differences as they grow into sexual maturity or begin their breeding ritual.