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Scientific Name: Harpagochromis sp. "orange rock hunter"
Pronunciation: h
Geo. Origin: Lake Victoria, Gabalema island, Mwanza gulf
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 7"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 7.2-8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 3


Young Male

Adult Male
Photo Credit: Christophe de Medeiros


Haplochromis "Harpagochromis" sp. "orange rock hunter" is a remnant example of the great diversity in piscivores species, the Victoria lake exhibited before the Nile Perch usurped. There was a great number of fish specialized in eating other haplochromines, barbs and Victorians sardines, from the ambush predator to the open water hunting cichlid. Hap sp. "orange rock hunter†belongs to the piscivore trophic group, eating mostly young haplochromines inside the rock holes. It lives at steep shores with big rocks and crevices at only one place in the Mwanza gulf entrance. No need to tell that it's a very rare fish even in the wild. In aquarium, this is a quite peaceful fish but it should not be kept with little fishes that can be swallowed. Apart from that, it's quite prolific and the maintenance is easy in a 60 to 80 gallon tank due to it’s large size (more than 15 cm long)

You will note that we have indicated the genus Harpagochromis as a subgenus in quotation marks until a re-evaluation of Humphrey Greenwoods classifications is completed.
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