STAUFFER & HERT, 1992
Photo © Michael Persson
Metriaclima callainos "Bright Blue" male at Maleri Island.
Trade names and synonyms
Cobolt-zebra, Pseudotropheus callainos, Maylandia callainos, Pearl-zebra.
About 10-12 cm (4-5 in.).
Minimum 300 litres (65 gal.).
Found in rocky habitats at depths between 1 and 25 meter (3-80 ft.).
Easy to spawn like most mbunas.
Metriaclima callainos occurs in three different races. The "Bright Blue" or "Cobolt Zebra" where both males and females are light blue, the "Pearl Zebra" where both males and females are pearl white. The last race is the OB-morph which have black blotches on a pink-blue body, in this race also complete white males occurs, they are equivalent to marmelade cats for this speices.
Found at the northwest coast from Kande Island to Ngara, and at the northeast coast between Ikombe and the Ruhuhu River.
It is also introduced around Thumbi West Island and Maleri Island where it have estabished numerous populations.