Maylandia lombardoi

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Maylandia lombardoi
Maylandia lombardoi.jpg
male (front) and female (back)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Maylandia
Species: M. lombardoi
Binomial name
Maylandia lombardoi

Metriaclima lombardoi W. E. Burgess, 1977)

Maylandia lombardoi, is a 13 centimetres (5.1 in) long freshwater fish from the family Cichlidae. This species is popular in the aquarium hobby where it is sold under a variety of common names including: lombardoi, kenyi or kennyi. This species is sometimes seen in the genus Metriaclima owing to a dispute in which a minority of cichlid researchers do not consider Maylandia valid (see Maylandia for discussion.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is endemic to the rocky shores of Mbenji Island, Lake Malawi in east Africa. The species is highly sexually dimorphic, females and juvenile males are pale white-blue with several blue-black vertical bands extending into the dorsal fin. Adult males turn bright yellow with faint brown bars crossing the body; fins are plain yellow with egg spots on the anal fin.

In the aquarium[edit]

Kenyi cichlids are sold for the aquarium hobby.


Like most mbuna cichlids, this species is a maternal mouthbrooder. When mouthbrooding, females may defend a small territory and assume the colouration of males.

Images of Kenyi cichlids[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kasembe, J. 2006. Maylandia lombardoi. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. Downloaded on 24 April 2013.