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African Cichlid Genus Gallery
Need help identifying your cichlid?


Unfortunately, many fish shops do not properly label the fishes they sell. Often they are sold with only a common name (e.g., Red Top Zebra, Electric Blue) or even worse, in an unlabeled tank they mysteriously referred to as "Misc African cichlids". Common names are very unreliable and can vary from one supplier to the next. Scientific names (i.e., binomial latin names), on the other hand, are the only names which do not vary from one shop to the next or even between languages.

This resource does not display every cichlid species. Instead, we display 30 of the most common African cichlid genera by showing a few examples of what fishes within each genus look like. This page is a great "starter" for learning to identify your mystery cichlid. The express purpose of this page is to help you learn (crudely, perhaps) to recognize characteristics of the more common genera and be able to differentiate them. Once you feel comfortable guessing the genus of your mystery cichlid, we recommend looking through the Profiles section. Focus only on photos of fish within the genus that looks most like your fish.

Keep in mind that this page is not exhaustive. It is meant to get you started. Use this page as a guide for navigating the Profiles section. With over 1,400 cichlid species and variants represented there, the odds are in your favor of finding a match. If you are unable to find your fish in the Profilessection, you might consider posting a description of your fish along with a photo in the Unidentified Cichlids section of the Discussion Board.


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Altolamprologus
Terrestrial animal Snout Electric blue Reptile Pattern
A. calvus (White)A. calvus (Black)A. compressiceps
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Astatotilapia
Fin Fish Electric blue Marine biology Ray-finned fish
Fish Fin Tail Magenta Art
Fish Tail Snout Ray-finned fish Fin
A. burtoniA. latifasciataA. sp. "Thick Skin"
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Aulonocara
Fin Fish Marine biology Electric blue Tail
Fin Organism Fish Marine biology Tail
Fin Fish Tail Electric blue Ray-finned fish
A. hansbaenschiA. jacobreibergi (Eureka)A. baenschi
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Fin Fish Electric blue Marine biology Wing
Fin Organism Fish Marine biology Tail
Fin Fish Marine biology Tail Electric blue
A. stuargranti (Ngara)A. Stuartgranti (Rubescens)A. steveni (Mbamba)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Chalinochromis
Fish Liquid Magenta Plant Electric blue
Water Liquid Fish Font Terrestrial plant
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
C. brichardiC. sp. "Ndobhoi"
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Copadichromis
Azure Fin Fish Marine biology Electric blue
Fin Fish Marine biology Tail Electric blue
Fin Toy Fish Wing Electric blue
C. azureusC. borleyiC. trewavasae
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Cynotilapia
Toy Insect Art Terrestrial animal Snout
Food Tail Fish Electric blue Terrestrial animal
Food Fish Electric blue Fashion accessory Reef
C. afra (Cobue)C. afra (Jalo Reef)C. afra (White Top)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Cyphotilapia
Fin Fish Tail Snout Art
Tail Fish Electric blue Fashion accessory Terrestrial animal
Fin Fish Tail Ray-finned fish Electric blue
C. sp. "North" (Burundi)C. frontosa (Kigoma)C. gibberosa (Mpimbwe)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Azure Sleeve Fin Fish Creative arts
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
C. gibberosa (Zaire)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Cyprichromis
Fin Fish Electric blue Marine biology Tail
Fin Fish Food Electric blue Tail
Fish Fin Electric blue Tail Ray-finned fish
C. leptosoma (Utinta)C. leptosoma (Mpulungu)C. "Leptosoma Jumbo"
(Kigoma)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Cyrtocara
Azure Fin Fish Aqua Marine biology
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
C. moorii
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Dimidiochromis
Fin Fish Electric blue Marine biology Liquid
Fin Fish Ray-finned fish Marine biology Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
D. compressicepsD. strigatus
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Iodotropheus
Fish Electric blue Fin Ray-finned fish Bony-fish
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
I. sperengerae
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Julidochromis
Fish Fin Electric blue Bony-fish Font
Amphibian Terrestrial animal Mole salamander Invertebrate Parasite
Scaled reptile Terrestrial animal Reptile Creative arts Tail
J. dickfeldiJ. marlieri (Burundi)J. marlieri (Gombe)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Tail Invertebrate Fish Terrestrial animal Wildlife
Fashion accessory Fin Fish Terrestrial animal Automotive lighting
Reptile Terrestrial animal Amphibian Tail Parasite
J. ornatusJ. reganiJ. transcriptus
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Labeotropheus
Organism Fish Fin Water Marine biology
Fin Fish Marine biology Ray-finned fish Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
L. fulleborniL. trewavasae
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Labidochromis
Fin Fish Tail Water Electric blue
Insect Fish Electric blue Fashion accessory Macro photography
Fish Fish Natural material Electric blue Oily fish
L. caeruleusL. sp. "Kimpuma"L. sp. "Perlmutt"
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
'Lamprologus'

Organism Fish Fish supply Electric blue Tail
Fish Food Electric blue Art Composite material
Organism Fish Snout Terrestrial animal Macro photography
L. brevisL. multifasciatusL. ocellatus (Gold)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Lepidolamprologus
Snout Terrestrial animal Amphibian Electric blue Arthropod
Head Reptile Lizard Scaled reptile Terrestrial animal
Fin Fish Electric blue Tail Metal
L. lemariiL. kendalli (Nkambe)L. tetracanthus
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Melanochromis
Painting Drawing Art paint Staple food Fin
Food Fin Fish Electric blue Staple food
Azure Fish Electric blue Fin Terrestrial animal
M. auratusM. chipokaeM. cyanerhabdos (Maingano)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Fin Iris Fish Marine biology Tail
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
M. johanni
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Metriaclima
Azure Fish Aqua Electric blue Fin
Fish Electric blue Fin Art Magenta
Fin Fish Marine biology Tail Ray-finned fish
M. callainosM. zebra OBM. estherae
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Organism Fish Fin Electric blue Ray-finned fish
Electric blue Fashion accessory Terrestrial animal Fish Art
M. lombardoi "Kenyi"M. pyrsonotos
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Neolamprologus
Fish Tail Fin Electric blue Wildlife
Fish Fin Ray-finned fish Electric blue Rectangle
Fish Fin Tail Ray-finned fish Electric blue
N. brichardiN. caudopunctatusN. cylindricus
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Fin Fish Tail Ray-finned fish Electric blue
Fish Fin Ray-finned fish Tail Marine biology
Fin Fish Tail Electric blue Ray-finned fish
N. leleupiN. pulcherN. tretocephalus
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Nimbochromis
Fin Organism Fish Electric blue Marine biology
Organism Fish Terrestrial animal Ray-finned fish Bony-fish
Fin Organism Fish Marine biology Art
N. fuscotaeniatusN. livingstoniiN. venustus
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Ophthalmotilapia
Fin Fish Electric blue Marine biology Marine mammal
Terrestrial plant Tail Invertebrate Science Macro photography
Food Fin Azure Fish Aqua
O. boopsO. nasutaO. ventralis
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Paracyprichromis
Fin Fish Electric blue Slope Art
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
P. nigripinnis
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Paralabidochromis
Fin Organism Fish Marine biology Tail
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
P. sp. "Rock Kribensis"
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Pelviachromis
Food Organism Fin Fish Ray-finned fish
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
P. pulcher
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Placidochromis
Font Art Electric blue Jewellery Body jewelry
Reptile Electric blue Fish Terrestrial animal Art
Azure Fin Fish Marine biology Electric blue
P. electraP. milomoP. phenochilus
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Protomelas
Fish Electric blue Fin Creative arts Art
Fish Electric blue Fin Ray-finned fish Tail
Fish Natural material Electric blue Magenta Art
P. spilonatus (Tanzania)P. steveni (Taiwan Reef)P. taeniolatus (Red Empress)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Pseudotropheus
Fish Fin Electric blue Creative arts Arthropod
Fin Fish Electric blue Ray-finned fish Tail
Fish Fin Tail Electric blue Marine biology
P. demasoniP. elongatusP. saulosi
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Azure Fish Electric blue Fin Composite material
Fin Fish Electric blue Marine biology Ray-finned fish
Fish Electric blue Tail Macro photography Bony-fish
P. socolofiP. sp. (Acei)P. crabro
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Ptyochromis
Fin Fish Marine biology Tail Ray-finned fish
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
P. salmon
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Pundamilia
Automotive parking light Fin Automotive lighting Fish Marine biology
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
P. nyererei
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Sciaenochromis
Fish Fin Electric blue Ray-finned fish Art
Fish Electric blue Fin Wing Terrestrial animal
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
S. fryeri (Maleri Is.)S. fryeri (Electric Blue)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Telmatochromis
Fin Fish Tail Ray-finned fish Marine biology
Fin Fish Tail Electric blue Oily fish
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
T. temporalisT. vittatus
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Tramitichromis
Fish Fin Electric blue Ray-finned fish Marine biology
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
T. intermedius
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Tropheus
Fin Fish Marine biology Tail Ray-finned fish
Fish Fin Tail Electric blue Ray-finned fish
Fish Tail Terrestrial animal Electric blue Bony-fish
T. brichardiT. duboisiT. moorii


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