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Scientific Name: Lipochromis melanopterus
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Geo. Origin: Lake Victoria
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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: 6"
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Temperature: 74-78°F
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pH: 7.2-8.6
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Water Hardness: Hard
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Haplochromis "Lipochromis" melanopterus belongs to a particular trophic group; the embryos eating cichlids. Its hunting mode is quite rare, it swims slowly in a shoals of incubating haplochromines females over the rocks. Then it tries to catch one female by her mouth for sucking the embryos with its strong jaw muscles. Most of its diets consists in embryos and eggs of incubating cichlids. It lives from 0.5 m to at least 6 meters deep. The paedophages seems to seek the incubating females in the upper rocky habitat where many of them are hiding in holes.

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