Astatotilapia stappersii from Lake Tanganyika

Astatotilapia stappersii

Astatotilapia stappersii. Photo by Adrian Indermaur. CC by 4.0

Astatotilapia stappersii is a cichlid that has been found and collected along the rivers and swamps surrounding Lake Tanganyika. The specimen pictured above was collected in the northernmost part of Lake Tanganyika along the Burundi border. Despite being found in many locations and its attractive colors, A. stappersii has not found its way commercially into the hobby. In the wild it reaches lengths of around six inches and feeds primarily on insect larva.

Little information is available about Astatotilapia stappersii. Those few hobbyists that do keep them have not made them widely available or put out much information about them. It is safe to assume that A. stappersii is a mouthbrooding cichlid that behaves similarly to other Lake Tanganyikan Astatotilapia like A. burtoni. They live the the shallow waters of wetlands, swamps and slow moving rivers the lake. To discuss Astatotilapia stappersii visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum. Hopefully this species will become more commercially available in the coming years.

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