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"Peacock cichlid" redirects here. Not to be confused with peacock bass
Peacock cichlids
Aulonocara jacobfreibergi RB2.jpg
Male Fairy Cichlid (A. jacobfreibergi)
(red morph)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribe: Haplochromini
Genus: Aulonocara
Regan, 1922
Type species
Aulonocara nyassae
Regan, 1922

Aulonocara is a genus of haplochromine cichlids endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa. All Aulonocara species are maternal mouth brooders. Particularly in the aquarium hobby, Aulonocara species are also known as peacock cichlids, aulonocaras or simply "peacocks". This genus is strongly sexually dichromic, even by haplochromine standards.

As aquarium fish, they are best kept with other medium sized non-aggressive cichlids from Lake Malawi. The aquarium is usually decorated with a lot of open space for the Aulonocaras to swim in and a lot of caves where fish can hide, rest or establish territories. It is recommended to keep one male unless the aquarium is large enough to support several territories.


Female of an unidentified Aulonocara species

There are currently 22 recognized species in this genus:[1] Numerous distinct local populations also exist; these may be morphs, subspecies or even undescribed species:


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Aulonocara in FishBase. February 2013 version.

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