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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

Zebra mbuna

Zebra mbuna

Facts

LatinMaylandia zebra
Size11.3 cm
FoodAlgae growing on rocks
HabitatStone bottom in lakes
IUCN

Least concern

LocationLake Malawi in Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique
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Identify the zebra mbuna

The zebra mbuna is blue with vertical black zebra stripes and yellow spots on the anal fin. The female is sometimes more grey-blue or brown-blue.

Breeding by mouth

The zebra mbuna's anal fin spot has a special function: First, the male dances and this causes the female to spontaneously lay her eggs. Immediately after, the male dances again, but now in a different way. This gives the female the irresistible urge to collect the eggs in her mouth. The female's urge is so strong that she believes that the male's yellow spot on his anal fin is also an egg. In the same moment that she places her mouth on the spot, the male fertilises the eggs held in the female's mouth.