Stomatepia pindu of Barombi Mbo, Cameroon

Stomatepia pindu

Stomatepia pindu. Photo by Dave Hansen

Stomatepia pindu is one of the 11 endemic cichlids of the crater lake Barombi Mbo in West Cameroon. Lake Barombi Mbo is not only the largest crater lake in the region, it is believed to also be the oldest crater lake in Africa. S. pindu, like so many other African cichlids species, are endangered due to pollution. Volcanic activity also poses a unique threat to the lakes in the region. S. pindu males and females are normally solid black in color. Their elongated shape makes this species look large when in reality adults max out around 3.5″. They can be somewhat difficult to spawn, but not impossible.

For more first-hand information and pictures of this unique, crater lake cichlid, check out the Stomatepia pindu Species Article by Jim Beck.

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