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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    Copadichromis borleyi. Photo by Ed Schipul (CC BY-SA 2.0) Copadichromis borleyi are found throughout Lake Malawi in shallow, rocky areas. Large groups will congregate around boulder formations to feed on plankton. Depending on the location in the lake, the male's coloration can vary. While...
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    Limnotilapia dardennii. Photo by Ad Konings Found in the shallow waters of Lake Tanganyika, Limnotilapia dardennii feeds mostly on plants and algae although small invertebrates are also on the menu. Females and juveniles are mostly silver with black bars, however dominant males develop a...
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    Otopharynx argyrosoma. Photo by Ad Konings Found throughout Lake Malawi, Otopharynx argyrosoma spends its days in the sandy-bottomed shallows. O. argyrosoma sifts through the sand in order to feed on small crustaceans and other invertebrates. Males will build bowers to attract females and...
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    Trematocranus placodon. Photo by Ad Konings Commonly known as the Snail-Crusher Hap, Trematocranus placodon gets the name for its ability to crush snails with specially developed teeth. In Lake Malawi male T. placodon build a large, bowl shaped bower in order to attract breeding females...
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    Mchenga conophoros. Photo by Dave Hansen Mchenga conophoros is another of the bower-building species of Lake Malawi. Males create bowers in order to attract females. Each species builds the same type of bowers, but the variation between species is considerable. In the case of M. conophorus...
  6. Lake Malawi Species
    Taeniolethrinops laticeps builds pit shaped bowers. Photo by Ad Konings. Another study was recently published about cichlid bowers. This study, titled "Evolution of bower building in Lake Malawi cichlid fish: phylogeny, morphology, and behavior", tries to determine why some cichlids from Lake...
  7. Lake Tanganyika Species
    Stationary videos showing the same cichlid bowers from different angles in Lake Tanganyika. The same people that brought you the hours-long Battle of the Shells documentary uses the same technique to capture bower-building cichlids. Instead of swimming around and filming cichlids in their...
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    Male cichlid over its bower An interesting study conducted by researchers at the University of Hull and the University of Nottingham have led to some interesting ideas on cichlid evolution. Specifically, the many different species of cichlids in Lake Malawi that build bowers. Researchers found...
  9. General Aquaria Discussion
    EarthTouch video of some of Lake Malawi's nightlife and some impressive Copadichromis bowers. This episode of EarthTouch's Cichlids of Lake Malawi series starts off with a quick view of some of the lake's nightlife. Catfish, crabs and Protomelas can all be seen in the night footage. It is the...
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