Astatotilapia burtoni

Astatotilapia burtoni. Photo be Dave Hansen​

Astatotilapia burtoni is a mouthbrooding cichlid from Lake Tanganyika that can also be found in surrounding rivers and bodies of water. Despite its wide distribution, A. burtoni isn't often seen in the hobby.

Astatotilapia burtoni has also been the subject of several scientific studies including the role of hormones in social status and sound in reproduction. Recently a study at Stanford University found that a single brain receptor is crucial for successful reproduction. This same type of receptor is found in other animals, including humans. The original study is behind a paywall, but a summary and link to the study can be found at the Stanford News website. To discuss A. burtoni visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.