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Scientific Name: Benitochromis ufermanni
Pronunciation: b
Common Name(s): Formally Chromidotilapia sp. "Mondemba"
Geo. Origin: West-Central Cameroon, Korup National Park Region
Habitat: Shallow Forest Streams
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Biparental Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: <4.0"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 6.6-7.6
Water Hardness: Soft
Difficulty: 3

Photo Credit: Dave Hansen


Unsexed adult
Unsexed adult
Male with fry
Female with fry

Benitochromis ufermanni was described from "a small region in and around the Korup National Park in Cameroon" (Lamboj, 2001). More recently, however, Dr. Lamboj suggests that B. ufermanni may have a wider distribution than previously thought (2004). Most of the photos in the popular aquarium literature don't do B. ufermanni justice: Well-kept specimens exhibit olive-green coloration dorsally and pumpkin-orange coloration ventrally. Females exhibit iridescent whitish to yellowish coloration on the dorsal fin and upper part of the caudal fin. Both sexes exhibit iridescent greenish-turquoise coloration on the cheeks and opercles. With the exeption of B. batesii, which is larvophilic, Benitochromis species are pair-bonding ovophilic mouthbrooders, and usually both parents brood the eggs and fry. As unspecialized omnivores, their diet should consist primarily of the foods that they find in the wild: small organisms, aufuchs, small shrimps, and algae. â€"Randall Kohn


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