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  1. Lake Malawi Species
    Need help determining if this livingstonii cichlid is male or female. Thanks.
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video by PISCES showing a male Lethrinops sp. "Red Cap" Itungi. Found in various locations of Lake Malawi, the many Lethrinops spp. variants have not been properly identified. The video above shows a male L. sp. "Red Cap" from Itungi in the northern part of the lake. In the wild...
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    Sciaenochromis sp. "nyassae". Photo by Ad Konings Sciaenochromis sp. "nyassae" is a Lake Malawi predatory cichlid, closely related to the popular Sciaenochromis fryeri. S. sp. nyassae is found in the southern part of the lake in the intermediate zone between rocks and sand. Here it spends its...
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    Nimbochromis polystigma. Photo by Ad Konings Nimbochromis polystigma is a piscivore found throughout Lake Malawi. Its preferred habitat are areas with a mix of rocks and sand that support vegetation. In this biotype N. polystigma hunts in groups or individually. When alone, N. polystigma can...
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    Corematodus taeniatus. Photo by Ad Konings Another mimic and scale-eater, Corematodus taeniatus preys on unsuspecting sand-dwelling haps from Lake Malawi. While some scale-eaters target the flank of other fish, C. taeniatus prefers the softer and smaller scales from tail area and other fins...
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    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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    Chilotilapia euchilus. Photo by Ad Konings Found throughout Lake Malawi, Chilotilapia euchilus has a distinctive feature not seen in many other species. Commonly known as Malawi Thicklip (or some variation on the name), this species has also been called Haplochromis euchilus and Cheilochromis...
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    Champsochromis spilorhynchus. Photo by Ad Konings Champsochromis spilorhynchus is a pursuit predator found throughout Lake Malawi. Reaching over a foot in length, C. spilorhynchus will chase down anything it can fit into its mouth. Its prey consists mostly of haplochromines and mbuna. Males...
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    Ctenopharynx pictus. Photo by Ad Konings Ctenopharynx pictus isn't a cichlid you will often see in the hobby. Originally found at various locations throughout Lake Malawi, this species prefers soft, sandy bottoms anywhere between 20 to 60 feet in depth. C. pictus feeds on small invertebrates...
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    Buccochromis rhoadesii. Photo by Ad Konings Buccochromis rhoadesii is another large piscivore from Lake Malawi. Mature males can reach almost 14 inches in length while females are a little smaller. Found mostly in sheltered bays over muddy bottoms, B. rhoadesii is widely distributed in the...
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    Aristochromis christyi. Photo by Ad Konings A large predator from Lake Malawi, Aristochromis christyi can be found in transition zones between rocks and sand. Although found throughout the lake, actually spotting A. christyi is rare. The only member of the genus which gets its name from the...
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    Tramitichromis intermedius. Photo by Ad Konings A peaceful hap from Lake Malawi, Tramitichromis intermedius can be found throughout the lake over muddy or sandy sediment filled bottoms. Feeding by sifting sand and debris, T. intermedius' diet consists mostly of insect larva and other...
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    Sciaenochromis psammophilus. Photo by Ad Konings Sciaenochromis psammophilus is a Lake Malawi hunter found in various locations throughout the central and western parts of the lake. Unlike its popular cousin Sciaenochromis fryeri, S. psammophilus is rarely seen in the hobby. This is probably...
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    Aulonocara aquilonium. Photo by Ad Konings Not often seen in the hobby, Aulonocara aquilonium has only been found in the waters off of Mdoka in northwestern Lake Malawi. Mature males have light blue coloration on the face and the fins have distinctive black edges. A. aquilonium live over sandy...
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    Trematocranus pachychilus. Photo from publication . A new species of Trematocranus has recently been named. Joining a small group, Trematocranus pachychilus becomes only the forth species in the genus to be described. This species of haplochromis has only been collected in one part of Lake...
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    Petrotilapia sp. "mumbo yellow". Photo by Ad Konings Found in the waters around Mumbo Island in southern Lake Malawi, Petrotilapia sp. "mumbo yellow" is a large and colorful mbuna. Like other Petrotilapia, this species can reach lengths of 7 inches, which is unusual for most mbuna. P. sp...
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    Rhamphochromis esox. Photo by Ad Konings Rhamphochromis esox is a large, sleek predator found close to shore throughout Lake Malawi. Reaching upwards of 17 inches, R. esox primarily hunts freshwater sardine, but will consume any fish it can fit into its mouth. A maternal mouthbroader with...
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    Aulonocara ethelwynnae. Photo by Ad Konings Found only around Chitende Island in northern Lake Malawi, Aulonocara ethelwynnae has been in the hobby for some time. Most often found under the common names that describe its collection point: Chitande Aulonocara and Northern Aulonocara. A...
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    Petrotilapia genalutea. Photo by Ad Konings Found in shallow waters where rocks are abundant, Petrotilapia genalutea feeds on algae and small organisms it finds living within the algae. Males can be very territorial, claiming an area to themselves and keeping other males and females out...
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    Pelvicachromis taeniatus as they mature. Image by Dr. Denis Meuthen - University of Bonn It is common for subdominant males to not display their brightest coloration in the presence of a dominant male. Some species' males, like Chindongo (Pseudotropheus) saulosi, even take on the coloration...
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