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Hi There,

just need an id on this fish, is this indeed a marmelade cat? not the best of pics, he`s really shy!







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Looks like it could be male. Any male OB Mbuna could be called a "marmelade cat". Not totally sure what you are asking.
 

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just wanted to know if this is a labeo. fuelleborni marmelade cat- this is what i was told , and wanted to confirm.

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OB= orange blotched. Usually orange or whitish with dark blotches. This a naturally occuring mutation in the lake with Mbuna. Females are much more common in nature than males, but males can occur more often in tank raised fish. Male OB are nicknamed "marmalade cats", it is from the local language but the meaning is "lost in translation".
 

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Jenandcoffee, sorry to say but that fish does not look like fuelleborni. The upper mouth is too pointed, it almost looks like a zebra. Here's a pic of Lab. fuelleborni for you to compare. I have 2 males and 3 females, they are my favorite fish right now :)



 

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The OP's fish looks to be quite juvenile still, so the nose won't be near as pronounced a mature adults. My Labeo. fuelleborni Katale (@ 2"+) don't have as pronounced nose as the male in the last photos - nor do they have the belly. Here is one of the last photos I took of my dominant OB male, from about two or three months back. The subdominant males have slightly less of a gut as the dominant.



The OP's fish may also be a Labeo. trewavasea, the more elongate/slender body version of Labeotropheus.
 

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Well here's mine at young age, the fish Jen have could be a trewavase you're right,




The mouth still look more rounded. But hey, maybe that's just me.
You notice how fuelleborni have a darker tone to their colors, too? unless its a female.
 

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Wow! those are some great pics! my little guy was just bought, and he's not even 2 " yet.
thanks for all yor help.

Jenn
 
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