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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

 

 

 


Otopharynx sp."auromarginatus margrette"


Photo © Michael Persson
Otopharynx sp."auromarginatus margrette", male from Likoma Island.

Trade names and synonyms
Otopharynx sp."auromarginatus margarette blotch"

Size and appearance
Can reach a maximum size of approximately 18 cm (7 in.). Males are entirely blue except the belly which is bright yellow, dorsal- and anal fin have yellow seems. Females are silver-coloured with a suspicion of green shimmer on the back.

Food
In aquarium is shrimp mix the best food. In the lake it is searching for food in the bottom substrate. Schools of females and non-territorial males could often be seen together feeding on plankton.

Aquarium
Should not be smaller than 350 litres (75 gal.).

Habitat
Occurs in the intermediate zone between rocks and sandy bottoms.

Breeding
Fairly easy to breed if it is kept with at least two females per male.

General
Otopharynx sp."auromarginatus margrette" is a very colourful and beautiful cichlid, which the cichlid exporter Stuart Grant describes like this:

"This fish O. auromarginatus is truly an attractive fish when seen in the lake in full colour. We ship a small but steady number to most importers. Even from the wild at the moment of catching the females especially can have a "hollow belly" - this is something that we try to improve here in the fish house with generous feeding. The colour can fade in captivity but certainly it will recover the colour when in an established tank where it can become fully adjusted. Collection is done at Likoma island only - although other O. species exist elsewhere."

Distribution
The only known population occurs around Likoma Island.

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