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Scientific Name: Telmatochromis sp. "Temporalis Shell" (Magara)
Pronunciation: t
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Geo. Origin: The type location was Mpulungu, though it is found around the whole lake.
Habitat: Sediment-Free Rocky Habitat
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Monomorphic
Breeding: Substrate Spawner
Temperament: Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 3.9"
Temperature: 77 - 79°F
pH: 8.6
Water Hardness: Very Hard
Difficulty: 2


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Adult male


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Adult
Photo Credit: Brett Harrington


Articles:Species Article


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This fish dines on organisms found in the aufwuchs, picking out insect larvae, tiny worms and crustaceans. It is possible that sp. "Temporalis Shell" is a synonym with T. burgeoni. This is a very plucky shell dweller, that is more then capable of handling itself with robust cichlids, such as Neo. leleupi and brichardi, whom you wouldn't normally keep with Shell dwellers.
 
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