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Aulonocara baenschi
Aulonocara "eureka"
Aulonocara hueseri
Aulonocara jocobfreibergi
Aulonocara sp."lwanda"
Aulonocara "ruby red"
Aulonocara "orange blotch"
Aulonocara rostratum
Aulonocara stuartgranti

Champsochromis caeruleus

Copadichromis azureus
Copadichromis sp. "azureus whitehead"
Copadichromis borleyi
Copadichromis sp. "mloto likoma"
Copadichromis sp. "virginalis gold"

Cynotilapia afra

Cyrtocara moorii

Dimidiochromis compressiceps
Dimidiochromis strigatus

Fossorochromis rostratus

Iodotropheus sprengerae

Labeotropheus fuelleborni
Labeotropheus trewavasae

Labidochromis caeruleus
Labidochromis sp. "caeruleus purple longnose"
Labidochromis sp. "perlmutt"

Melanochromis auratus
Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos
Melanochromis johannii

Metriaclima aurora
Metriaclima barlowi
Metriaclima callainos
Metriaclima estherae
Metriaclima fainzilberi
Metriaclima greshakei
Metriaclima hajomaylandi
Metriaclima lombardoi
Metriaclima mbenji
Metriaclima sp. "msobo"
Metriaclima zebra

Nimbochromis livingstonii
Nimbochromis polystigma
Nimbochromis venustus

Otopharynx sp."auromarginatus margrette"
Otopharynx lithobates

Placidochromis electra
Placidochromis sp."electra superior"
Placidochromis milomo
Placidochromis sp."phenochilus tanzania"

Protomelas sp."mbenji thick lips"
Protomelas ornatus
Protomelas sp."spilonotus tanzania"
Protomelas sp."steveni taiwan"
Protomelas taeniolatus

Pseudotropheus crabro
Pseudotropheus demasoni
Pseudotropheus sp. "demasoni mozambique"
Pseudotropheus sp."elongatus mpanga"
Pseudotropheus sp."elongatus ornatus"
Pseudotropheus sp."elongatus ruarwe"
Pseudotropheus sp. "flameback"
Pseudotropheus flavus
Pseudotropheus sp. "perspicax orange cap"
Pseudotropheus sp. "polit"
Pseudotropheus pulpican
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Pseudotropheus socolofi

Sciaenochromis fryeri

Tropheops sp."red cheek"

Tyrannochromis macrostoma

Lake Malawi map - northern part
Lake Malawi map - southern part




Cynotilapia afra

Photo © Michael Persson
A Cynotilapia afra "white top" male from Likoma Island, Malawi.

Trade names and synonyms
Red top afra, White top afra, Yellow blaze afra, Yellow bee, Mbamba black afra, Edwardi-type afra, Eduardi-type afra, Hemichromis afer, Paratilapia afra, Cynotilapia chimata.

7-9 cm (2.5-3.5 in.).

Shrimpmix and newhatched brine shrimps.

At least 300 litres (65 gal.).

Represented in almost all rocky habitats.

You should have at least 3 females per male, more than one male is also to prefer. This is spreading the attention from the dominant male on several individs. If you fulfil this conditions it's easy to spawn this mbuna.

Cynotilapia afra is best kept together with other mbunas. Dominant males could be rather violently. The appearance of the males are extremly various between the different populations.

Found around Likoma and Chizumulu Islands, also along the entire northwest lakeshore to Ngara in the south. At the east coast from Makanjila Point to Chuanga, around Thumbi Point, and between Lumbaulo and Ikombe.

Photo © Michael Persson
A Cynotilapia afra "white top" female from Likoma Island, Malawi.

Photo © Michael Persson
A Cynotilapia afra male from Nkhata Bay, Malawi.

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