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 Profiles Malawi Mbuna Abactochromis labrosus
Abactochromis labrosus
     
Scientific Name: Abactochromis labrosus
Pronunciation: -bk-t-kr-ms l-br-ss
Geo. Origin: Noth of Runuhuhu
Habitat: Sediment-Rich Rocky Habitat
Diet: Herbivore
Gender Differences: Monomorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament: Peaceful
Maximum Size: 5"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 3
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M. Labrosus possibly does not even belong in the Melanochromis species; although the polychromatic coloration certainly does imply mbuna. M. Labrosus has fleshy lips that are bent backwards. Both male and female are brown, but the male has a redish shine. But orange females have been found near Chitandi Island. Another possible hint of not belonging to Melanochromis is the strongly compressed body, like the Altolamprologus Compressieseps from Lake Tanganyika. M. Labrosus feeds mainly on organisms that can be found in horizontal slits between rocks.
 Profiles Malawi Mbuna Abactochromis labrosus
 Key To Species Profile Terms
 Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
 Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not
  mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
 Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized
  feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
 Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that
  are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors,
  including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction.
  There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
 Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank-
  mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as
  aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among
  individual specimens.
 Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens.
  Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals
  due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional
  individuals that will exceed it.
 Difficulty: This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all other cichlids.
  This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding considerations.
  1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.
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