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Scientific Name: Chromidotilapia mamonekenei
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Pronunciation: kr
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Geo. Origin: Congo Republic and Gabon
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Habitat: Flowing, Meduium to Large-sized Rivers (Lamboj, 1994)
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Diet: Omnivore
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Gender Differences: Dimorphic
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Breeding: Biparental Mouthbrooder
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Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
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Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
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Maximum Size: <5.0"
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Temperature: 70-76°F
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pH: 6.5-7.5
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Water Hardness: Soft
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Difficulty: 3


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Photo Credit: Dr. Anton Lamboj


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Chromidotilapia mamonekenei is named after Victor Mamonekene, an ichthyologist from Congo-Brazzaville. It is similar to C. kingsleyae but is shorter, overall, and possesses a shorter snout. C. mamonekenei differs from the other members of the genus, in part, by its blue or blue-green coloration on the head, opercle, upper edge of the dorsal and caudal fins, and posterior edge of the pectoral fins. This species also occasionally exhibits two rows of interrupted, short horizontal dark stripes on the flanks.

C. mamonekenei exhibits moderate levels of sexual dimorphism and dichromatism (coloration). Males grow to be larger than females and exhibit more elongated dorsal and anal rays. The male's flank scales are marginated, the soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins exhibit violet spots, and the soft dorsal and caudal fins are dark red. The female's dorsal and upper part of the caudal fin exhibit silvery-white coloration, and the soft dorsal and caudal fins are light blue to light red.

C. mamonekenei is sometimes syntopic with Divandu albimarginatus. Unlike D. albimarginatus, however, C. mamonekenei is abundant within its range and is quite socialable. For this reason, this writer believes that it would be a welcome addition to the hobby.

In the wild Chromidotilapia mamonekenei is found in forestal rivers, steams, and creeks with slightly acidic to slightly alkaline water and low conductivity. Temperatures are slightly cool to moderate (70-76° F). Like the other Chromidotilapia species, C. mamonekenei is an unspecialized omnivore that feeds on algae, aufwuchs, small shrimps and shrimp eggs. Consequently rich "meaty" foods should be avoided. â€"Randall Kohn
 
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