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Labidochromis sp "hongi".jpg
Labidochromis sp. "Hongi Island"
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribe: Haplochromini
Genus: Labidochromis
Trewavas, 1935
Type species
Labidochromis vellicans
Trewavas, 1935
Labidochromis caeruleus

Labidochromis is a genus of cichlid fishes that are endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa. The genus includes 18 formally described species, and several yet undescribed species. It includes a number of species commonly kept in cichlid aquariums such as L. caeruleus (electric yellow). The species in this genus can easily hybridize, so if kept in an aquarium it is recommended to only have one species from this genus.


There are currently 18 recognized species in this genus:[1]

There is also one potentially undescribed species:


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Labidochromis in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  2. ^ Konings, A.F. (2016). Malaŵi Cichlids in their natural habitat (5 ed.). Cichlid Press. p. 447. ISBN 978-1-932892-23-9.