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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




Protomelas taeniolatus

Photo © Michael Persson
The Protomelas taeniolatus strain from Namalenje Is. is most often called "Red empress" or "Hinderi".

Trade names and synonyms
Haplochromis hinderi, Haplochromis fire blue, Haplochromis red empress, Haplochromis taeniolatus, Cyrtocara taeniolata, Cyrtocara taeniolatus, Haplochromis cancellus Haplochromis steveni, Haplochromis fenestratus, Haplochromis boadzulu.

Can reach about 13-15 cm (5-6 in.), females are smaller.

Shrimp mix and mysis.

From 400 (90 gal.) litres and above.



This is a rather tough Protomelas which also manage mbunas as company in the aquarium.
It is a greedy cichlid which easily will grow fat together with company that is too shy during feeding.
There should be at least three females per male and there has to be enough of hiding-places for the females.
My favourite variant, the "red empress" is a real nice jewel in a malawi tank, bright red-shining over the entire body and metallic-blue face.

Protomelas taeniolatus occurs in a number of different colourations around the lake.
The variant called "red empress" (see pictures below) is found around Senga Point and Namalenje Island in Malawi.

Photo © Michael Persson
Protomelas taeniolatus "Fire blue" male from Makanjila Point, Malawi.

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