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    Petrochromis famula. Photo by Ad Konings In a genus of aggressive fish, Petrochromis famula is said to be a less aggressive species. Not as aggressive as other Petrocromis doesn't mean much considering the genus' overall intolerance of other Petrochormis. Found primarily in the northern part...
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    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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    Paracyprichromis brieni. Photo by Ad Konings A shoaling cichlid found throughout Lake Tanganyika, Paracyprichromis brieni is closely related to Paracyprichromis nigripinnis and the more commonly known Cyprichromis species. P. brieni prefers deeper waters but will stay close to rocks. Males...
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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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    Laetacara araguaiae. Photo by Frank M. Greco (CC BY 3.0) A diagnoses of Laetacara species has been published in Vertebrate Zoology authored by Felipe Polivanov Ottoni. This latest article attempts to unify all prior descriptions and modifications of known species of Laetacara. If you are...
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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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    Simochromis diagramma. Photo by Ad Konings The largest in the Simochromis group, Simochromis diagramma inhabit shallow, rocky waters. This species prefers coves and is rarely seen in waters deeper than 15 feet. S. diagramma is a herbivore that feeds on algae and plant matter found in the...
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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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    Spathodus marlieri. Photo by Ad konings Goby is a general term for several genus of cichlids from Lake Tanganyika. Gobies have a deflated swim bladder that makes them less buoyant. As a result, they tend to hug the rocks and "hop" around instead of swimming. The goby group is made up of...
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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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    Pseudosimochromis curvifrons. Photo by Ad Konings Not as well known as the popular Tropheus, Pseudosimochromis curvifrons is a colorful, grazing herbivore found throughout Lake Tanganyika. Aggressive and territorial, P. curvifrons make their home in shallow, rocky areas along the shore. Unlike...
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    Lobochilotes labiatus. Photo by Ad Konings. The only member of the genus, Lobochilotes labiatus is a large cichlid living throughout Lake Tanganyika and in the Malagarasi River delta. Usually found in rocky areas, L. labiatus uses its unusually large lips to find food in the cracks and crevices...
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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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    Crenicichla dandara, female (A) and juvenile (B). Photos by Oliver Lucanus/Publication Formerly known as Crenicichla sp. 'Xingu III', the newest described pike cichlid has been named Crenicichla dandara. This species is a member of the lugubris group, the largest-sized pike cichlids. C. dandara...
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    Lepidiolamprologus elongatus. Photo by Ad Konings A true predator from Lake Tanganyika, Lepidiolamprologus elongatus can be found throughout the lake along rocky shores hunting for prey. L. elongatus is sleek, fast and powerful. Reaching over 13 inches in length, this species can chase down...
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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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    Greenwoodochromis christyi. Photo by Ad Konings Found mostly in the deep waters of Lake Tanganyika, Greenwoodochromis christyi is a rarely seen predator that feeds mostly on invertebrates and smaller fish. G. christyi's sides are dotted with iridescent spots which make more sense than bright...
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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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    Chalinochromis popelini. Photo by Dr. David Midgley (CC BY-SA 2.5) . Found along the rocky shores of southern Lake Tanganyika, Chalinochromis popelini shares some of the traits common to Julidochromis. C. popelini are usually alone or in pairs, feeding on small invertebrates living in the...
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