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Scientific Name: Copadichromis virginalis
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Common Name(s): Fire-Crest Mloto
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Habitat: Open water and steep sloping sandy habitat along rocky coasts
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Diet: Carnivore
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Gender Differences: Dimorphic
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Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
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Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
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Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
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Maximum Size: 5.25"
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Temperature: 78 - 82°F
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pH: 7.8 - 8.6
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Water Hardness: Hard
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Difficulty: 2
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Photo Credit: Kenji Takahasi
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This species appears to be very closely related to C. ilesi, both of which can be found at Gome Rock. C. virginalis is a smaller species with larger eyes and a deeper body and caudal peduncle. Males sport a dazzling red band in the dorsal fin. Females are silver. Breeding males build cave craters, using a large, overhanging rock. This rock thus forms a protective wall on one side and a ceiling over the nest. These nests are separated from one another sometimes by as little as a meter. Breeding occurs from August to November in the wild. It is only found inshore during this time.
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