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Scientific Name: Cyprichromis leptosoma (Karilani)
Pronunciation: s
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Common Name(s): Karilani Leptosoma
Geo. Origin: From Bulu Point to Kasoje, inlcuding the area around Karilani Island
Habitat: Open Water
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 4.5"
Temperature: 77 - 79°F
pH: 8.6
Water Hardness: Very Hard
Difficulty: 2


Bluetail male

Yellowtail male

Holding female

Holding female

Yellowtail male
Photo Credit: Ad Konings

Found along the Tanzanian coastline from Bulu Point to Kasoje, but also including the area around Karilani Island. Like all Cyprichromis leptosoma, it is found in 2 distinct color morphs: blue-tailed males and yellow-tailed males. It differs from the other 4 leptosoma in the following manner: Blue-tailed males have a yellowish-orange body, a blue dorsal fin with a yellowish tinge and a single dark ocellus at its posterior tip. Yellow-tailed males have only a mild blue color to the body (they are certainly not very blue compared with the Utinta). They have a blue dorsal fin that is "frosty" and variegated and may or may not have an ocellus. The anal fin is turquoise-blue.
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