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Scientific Name: Etia nguti
Geo. Origin: Upper Cross River Basin, Western Cameroon
Habitat: Riverine: Shallow Intermediate Zone
Diet: Herbivore
Gender Differences: Monomorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Highly Aggressive
Maximum Size: <8.0"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 6.5-7.5
Water Hardness: Soft
Difficulty: 3

Photo Credit: Dave Hansen


Young male
Young adult
Young adult
Pair (male on right)

The position of Etia nguti within the African cichlid clade is not known. Dr. Anton Lamboj suggests, however, that E. nguti may be more "closely related to the mouthbrooding genera Oreochromis and Sarotherodon" (Lamboj, 2004). Dr. Melanie Stiassny, who coauthored the species' description with Dr. Ulrich Schliewen, calls E. nguti "an odd little fish." Indeed, E. nguti is a bizarre discovery in that this species possesses a number of unusual characters that distinguish it from all other African cichlids.

In aquaria, E. nguti is a maternal larvophilic mouthbrooder, although rare instances of male mouth-brooding have been observed. Pair-bonding severs after one of the parents picks up the eggs. Infraspecific aggression can run high; consequently, larger, richly-decorated aquaria are recommended. â€"Randall Kohn


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