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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




Metriaclima mbenji

Photo © Michael Persson
Metriaclima mbenji, marmelade cat male from Mbenji.

The male could reach a maximum length of 12-13 cm (about 5 in.), females usually a bit smaller.

Shrimp mix and spirulinaflakes, it is a greedy cichlid like mbunas in common.

At least 300 litres (65 gal.), arranged with plenty of caves for the females to hide in.

Found at steep shorelines where the rocks meets the sand floor.
In this habitat it is a lot of algae and invertebrate animals for the M. mbenji to feed on.

Easy to spawn like most mbunas.

There is a unusual high proportion of M/C (marmalade cats) males and O/B (orange blotch) females within this species. The normal colouration for the male is blue body with a orange/red dorsal fin.
It could be very difficult to determinate the sex of this cichlid. Many times I have suddenly discovered that my presumed males have been brooding. This is one of the most beautiful cichlid from the Lake Malawi, I would recommend everyone to try it.

Metriaclima mbenji is found around Mbenji Island in the southwest part of the lake.

Photo © Michael Persson
Metriaclima mbenji O/B female.

Photo © Michael Persson
Metriaclima mbenji, a nice coloured fry (M/C male).

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