Cichlid Globetrotting – Lake Malawi and beyond

“Cichlid Globetrotting” is an episode from the much larger “Cichlids of Lake Malawi” series mentioned in an earlier blog. Like in the original trailer, “Cichlid Globetrotting” has some great video footage of Lake Malawi cichlids. However this episode also shows cichlids from other parts of the world. Included in this episode is a short segment of some Oscars (Astronotus ocellatus) in their native waters. For some reason there isn’t much video footage of Oscars in the wild.

The rest of the video focuses on the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta, located in Botswana, is one of the world’s largest inland deltas. As shown in the video, cichlids have learned to adapt to their ever changing environment. Some of that change is due to seasonal flooding as the Okavango river swells from rains north of the delta. During the video, the cichlids are referred to as River Brean. I’m only guessing, but they could be species of Oreochromis. Youtube has a large selection of videos about the Okavango Delta. Although they are great wildlife videos, there isn’t much focus on fish species.

Cichlid Globetrotting - Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta. NASA

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