Plecodus straeleni from Lake Tanganyika

Plecodus straeleni

Plecodus straeleni. Photo by Ad Konings

Plecodus straeleni is another dedicated scale-eating cichlid species from Lake Tanganyika. Not only does most of its diet consists of other fish’s scales, P. straeleni‘s appearance is intended to mimic the less predatory and aggressive Neolamprologus sexfasciatus and to some extent Cyphotilapia species. P. straeleni hunts alone along rocky areas in deeper waters using its docile appearance to approach other cichlids species until it is close enough to take a bite out of their scales. Digestive tract examinations of P. straeleni have shown a variety of cichlid species’ scales. Of those scales found, less than 1% belong to cichlids that P. straeleni mimics. Perhaps it’s because the mimicking doesn’t work well with N. sexfasciatus or Cyphotilapia species.

Plecodus straeleni isn’t often seen in the hobby. These fish can reach over 6 inches in length and their natural behavior can be detrimental to tankmates. Since they are loners except when breeding, they don’t tolerate other members of the same species. To discuss P. straeleni visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.


0 Responses to Plecodus straeleni from Lake Tanganyika

  1. Anonymous says: