Lobochilotes labiatus from Lake Tanganyika

Lobochilotes labiatus

Lobochilotes labiatus. Photo by Ad Konings.

The only member of the genus, Lobochilotes labiatus is a large cichlid living throughout Lake Tanganyika and in the Malagarasi River delta. Usually found in rocky areas, L. labiatus uses its unusually large lips to find food in the cracks and crevices where it finds a variety of invertebrates and some plant matter. Reaching upwards of 16 inches, this species is one of the largest cichlids from Lake Tanganyika and a mouthbrooder with spawns numbering in the 100s.

Not often seen in the hobby, Lobochilotes labiatus‘s size and aggression play a role. Tanks should be at least 6 feet in length for adults. They can be aggressive and territorial toward other species and are especially aggressive toward conspecifics. One male to several females is recommended. The female will protect the young for quite some time after releasing them. To discuss this species visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.


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