Etia nguti from West Africa

etia nguti

Etia nguti. Photo by Dave Hansen

This West African gem clearly falls into the category of out of the ordinary. Etia nguti was only recently described about 12 years ago after being discovered in Cameroon. Dr. Melanie Stiassny, who coauthored the species’ description, has referred to E. nguti as “an odd little fish” due to having unusual characteristics not found in other West African cichlids.

Etia nguti makes its home in small rivers and streams. Not much is known about their behavior in the wild. E. nguti is a maternal mouthbrooder that first lays all eggs to be fertilized by the males. It is not until after all the eggs are fertilized that the female will pick them up for mouthbrooding. However, males have also been observed holding the developing fry. Hopefully as more hobbyist start keeping Etia nguti, more about this species can be learned. For discussion visit the Lake Victoria Basin, West African, Madagascar & Asian Species forum.

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