Lethrinops sp. “Red Cap” from Lake Malawi

A short video by PISCES showing a male Lethrinops sp. “Red Cap” Itungi.

Found in various locations of Lake Malawi, the many Lethrinops spp. variants have not been properly identified. The video above shows a male L. sp. “Red Cap” from Itungi in the northern part of the lake. In the wild these fish spend their time sifting through sand in search of small invertebrates to eat. Males are colorful while females are gray/silver.

The Itungi “Red Cap” variant, as the name implies, sports a bright red spot on its head. The other variants are also vibrant, but with different color patterns. To get an idea of the different variants of Lethrinops spp. visit the genus profiles page. To discuss these species visit the Lake Malawi Species forum.

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Lethrinops sp. “Red Cap” (Itungi). Screen capture from PISCES video

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