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Cichlids
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

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

 

 

 


Metriaclima callainos
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.

Size
About 10-12 cm (4-5 in.).

Food
Shrimpmix.

Aquarium
Minimum 300 litres (65 gal.).

Habitat
Found in rocky habitats at depths between 1 and 25 meter (3-80 ft.).

Breeding
Easy to spawn like most mbunas.

General
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.

Distribution
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.

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