Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013


This is a particularly cruddy picture, but it does prove that for the second time we have managed to breed Aequidens sp. Peru. As regular readers will remember, Max, Ross, Emma and I bought some babies of this unidentified South American cichlid at a BCS auction in Redditch several years ago.

They bred in 2011, and we were very proud, but despite my best efforts the huge alpha male killed off quite a few of the others (both male and female) and I was afraid that we would never have the pitter patter of tiny fins again.

But all that changed yesterday when young Jessica's boyfriend Matthew spotted babies in the tank. Did we say babies? These were not fry, but well grown juveniles about half an inch long. The bloody things had bred back in one of the hidden areas of the tank and we have been none the wiser.

Another peculiar thing about this brood is that on the first brood we followed all the best instructions and changed the water religiously every few days. This year we did nothing but keep the tank in a reasonable condition and leave it be, and so far we have at least three times as many youngsters as we did last time they were this size.

Weird huh?

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