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Kenyi cichlid

Kenyi cichlid

Nkhomo-benga peacock

Nkhomo-benga peacock

Bluegray mbuna

Bluegray mbuna

Yellow lab cichlid

Yellow lab cichlid

Kampango Catfish

Kampango Catfish

Malawi squeaker

Malawi squeaker

Golden mbuna

Golden mbuna

Nkhomo-benga peacock

Nkhomo-benga peacock

Flavescent peacock

Flavescent peacock

Northern aulonocara

Northern aulonocara

Flavescent peacock

Flavescent peacock

Haplochromis goldfin

Haplochromis goldfin

Malawi sand diver

Malawi sand diver

Threespot torpedo

Threespot torpedo

Mdoka White Lips

Mdoka White Lips

Malawi dolphin

Malawi dolphin

Yellow-belly bream cichlid

Yellow-belly bream cichlid

Malawi eyebiter

Malawi eyebiter

Malawi hawk

Malawi hawk

Livingstons cichlids cichlid

Livingstons cichlids cichlid

Jacksons cichlid

Jacksons cichlid

Ctenopharynx nitidus

Ctenopharynx nitidus

Electric blue hap

Electric blue hap

Blue mbuna

Blue mbuna

Yellow-tail acei

Yellow-tail acei

Golden mbuna

Golden mbuna

Bluegray mbuna

Bluegray mbuna

Kenyi cichlid

Kenyi cichlid

Zebra mbuna

Zebra mbuna

Malawi hawk

Malawi hawk

Malawi sand diver

Malawi sand diver

Jacksons cichlid

Jacksons cichlid

Livingstones mbuna

Livingstones mbuna

Chambo cichlid

Chambo cichlid

Electric blue hap

Electric blue hap

Northern aulonocara

Northern aulonocara

Haplochromis goldfin

Haplochromis goldfin

Livingstons cichlids cichlid

Livingstons cichlids cichlid

Malawi eyebiter

Malawi eyebiter

Chambo cichlid

Chambo cichlid

Facts

LatinOreochromis squamipinnis "monkey bay"
Size36 cm
FoodAlgae growing on rocks
HabitatLakes
IUCN

Endangered

Threatened. The biggest threat is overfishing

LocationLake Malawi in Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique
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Identify an chambo cichlid

The chambo cichlid is is grey to silver-coloured with broad, diffuse black bands. The male is slightly darker than the female. Older, sexually mature males become even darker with a white outline around the fins.

Whimsical mating

The chambo cichlid has amusing mating behaviour: The male first digs a nest into the sandy bottom. The female then chooses a male and helps with the nest. Then the couple dances. The male and female create a T-shape by taking turns being the horizontal line in the T. After some time the female lays the eggs. She immediately collects the eggs in her mouth and the male fertilises them.

A popular food fish

The chambo cichlid is one of the most valuable food fish in Malawi. For many years, it has been subjected to highly intensive overfishing. The Chambo cichlid is now threatened with extinction. Chambo cichlid behavior