Newly discovered: Melanochromis mpoto

Melanochromis mpoto at Chitande Island, Lake Malawi (Adrianus Konings / Jay Stauffer / Zootaxa)

Small, slim, muscular and very aggressive can be used to describe this Haplochromine from Lake Malawi. On April 5th of this year, Dr. Jay Stauffer from Penn State University and Adrianus Konings from Cichlid Press announced the discovery of Melanochromis mpoto. Measuring up to 9 cm in length, males have a cyan blue coloration and females are brown with a hint of blue. M. mpoto has a wide distribution in the northern part of Lake Malawi. For more information on this species visit

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