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Two new Lake Malawi cichilds are amazing

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 16, 2016 09:00 AM
Labeotropheus chlorosiglos and L.simoneae are the two newest described cichlid species from Lake Malaŵi, Africa, and they are real stunners.

L.chlorosiglos and L.simoneae join L.fuelleborni and L.fuelleborni in the Labeotropheus genus.  These cichlids are some of the most spectacularly and (more pertinently) variably colored fish in the world; thus, there is potential for even more distinct species upon further examination.  The two new species are both found near Katale Island alongside the Luromo Peninsula in northwestern Lake Malaŵi.  The wide variety of Labeotropheus from different areas of the lake may in fact be more than just unique color morphs but rather unique species.

Lake Malawi cichlids are popular algae-grazing aquarium fish that prefer alkaline water and large rocky substrates, which mimic their natural habitat.  No doubt L.chlorosiglos and L.simoneae are already in the aquarium hobby, only now defined as unique species in the journal Copeia.


Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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