Eclectochromis lobochilus

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Eclectochromis lobochilus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Eclectochromis
E. lobochilus
Binomial name
Eclectochromis lobochilus
(Trewavas, 1935)
  • Haplochromis lobochilus Trewavas, 1935[2]

Eclectochromis lobochilus is a species of fish in the family Cichlidae. It is found in Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Its endemic to Lake Malawi.[1][3]

This species is found along rocky shores and sometimes in the intermediate habitat between sandy and rock areas. It occurs at depths of 5–15 metres (16–49 ft). It feeds on invertebrates, mainly adult and larval in insects, that hide among aquatic vegetation or algae. The breeding males defend a cave among the rocks. The females mouthbrood the eggs and fry, guarding them after they have been released. This species is known as "Haplochromis Hertae" in the aquarium trade.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kazembe, J.; Makocho, P. (2006). "Eclectochromis lobochilus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2006: e.T60914A12422781. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2006.RLTS.T60914A12422781.en.
  2. ^ Trewavas, Ethelwynn (1935). "A Synopsis of the Cichlid Fishes of Lake Nyasa" (PDF). Annals and Magazine of Natural History. Series 10. 16 (91): 83, 94. doi:10.1080/00222933508655026.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Eclectochromis lobochilus" in FishBase. June 2018 version.