Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"

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Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Labidochromis
Species: Labidochromis sp. "Hongi" (undescribed)

Labidochromis sp. "Hongi" is an undescribed species of cichlid fish from Eastern Africa. Other names for the fish include kimpuma, Hongi red top and Hongi cichlid. It is well known in the aquarium trade. The maximum size of the species is about 9 cm. Males grow larger than females and are more colourful.[1][2]

Distribution[edit]

It is distributed along the Tanzanian coast of Lake Malawi, between Liuli and Undu Reef.

Diet, behavior and habitat[edit]

This fish is a herbivore. It is a maternal mouthbrooder. It is considered mildly aggressive and territorial, defending its territory especially when breeding. It lives in a rocky habitat, and prefers caves in the aquarium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Courtney Labidochromis sp. "Hongi" cichlid-forum website
  2. ^ Labidochromis sp. "hongi" ciklider.se

Literature[edit]

  • Conkling, D. 1993. Labidochromis "red-top kimpuma" -a long time wait pays off. Cichlid News 2(4): 12-13.
  • Konings, A. 1995. Malawi cichlids in their natural habitat, 2nd edition. Cichlid Press, Germany, 352pp.
  • Lewis, D.S.C. 1982. A revision of the genus Labidochromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 75: 189-265.
  • Trewavas, E. 1935. A synopsis of the cichlid fishes of Lake Nyasa. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (10) 16: 65-118.

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