Mbipia cf. lutea is an epiphytic scraper, living in the rocky biotope. It is often confused with Haplochromis sp. "Thick Skin". They differ in diet, habitat preference, the amount and intensity of yellow color on the body, and the shape of the head. Mbipia cf. lutea has a more rounded head with a blue-gray color on the dorsum and head, whereas H.sp. "Thick Skin" has a blue head with a bright yellow color and red fins.