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Scientific Name: Petrotilapia sp. "mumbo yellow"
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Geo. Origin: Mumbo Island
Habitat: Deep Rocky Habitat
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Highly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 7""
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard



Photo Credit: Ad Konings


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The fish of the genus Petrotilapia, contain the largest mbuna in Lake Malawi. The fish have mainly tricuspid teeth, that they use to comb through the aufwuchs, pulling off diatomous algae, microorganisms, and loose particles. Plankton is also eaten by Petrotilapia. Territorial males will protect are area that varies between 7 to 20 meters squared against conspecifics, though heterospecifics are mostly ignored. This species is found at depths of 7 meters and deeper.

Males are a yellow colour, with females grey/brown and exhibiting a melanistic checkerboard pattern.
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