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Labeotropheus

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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What is the animal Labeotropheus known for?

Labeotropheus is a genus of fish in the family Cichlidae that is endemic to Lake Malawi in eastern Africa.

One of the distinctive features of Labeotropheus is their underbite mouth with a thick, fleshy upper lip.

Labeotropheus is composed of two main species: Labeotropheus fuelleborni and Labeotropheus trewavasae.
Each species has several subspecies or races that differ in color and morphology.
Some of the common varieties are the red dorsal, the red top, the marmalade cat, and the ob morph.

Labeotropheus are polygamous and exhibit a strong sexual dimorphism.
This means that the males and females look different from each other.

Labeotropheus are mouth brooders, which means that the females carry the eggs and fry in their mouth until they are ready to be released.
During this time, they do not eat and only spit out the fry briefly to aerate them.

Labeotropheus are popular ornamental fish and are well suited for the cichlid aquarium.

Labeotropheus are fascinating fish that have adapted to the unique environment of Lake Malawi.
They are known for their scraping lip, their colorful appearance, their mouth brooding behavior, and their aquarium suitability.
They are a great example of the diversity and beauty of African cichlids.
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Where does the Labeotropheus live?

The Labeotropheus is a genus of fish in the family Cichlidae that is endemic to Lake Malawi in eastern Africa.
Lake Malawi is one of the largest and deepest lakes in the world.
They prefer vertical surfaces and overhanging rocks where they can find more algae to feed on.
They are also territorial and aggressive, especially the males, who defend their breeding areas and caves from intruders.
The Labeotropheus species are popular ornamental fish and are ideally suited to the cichlid aquarium.
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What does the Labeotropheus look like?

Labeotropheus is a genus of cichlid fish that live in Lake Malawi in eastern Africa.

They have a distinctive overhanging snout and chisel-shaped teeth that help them graze algae from rocks in shallow water.

They come in various colors and patterns, depending on the species and geographic location.

Some common species are:
  • Labeotropheus fuelleborni, also known as Fuelleborn's cichlid or mbuna.
    It has a blue or yellow body with black vertical bars and a red dorsal fin.
  • Labeotropheus trewavasae, also known as Trewavas' cichlid or red-top.
    It has a dark body with a red or orange dorsal fin and sometimes a red patch on the head.
  • Labeotropheus artatorostris, also known as the long-nosed cichlid.
    It has a longer and more pointed snout than other species and a blue or yellow body with black markings.
  • Labeotropheus chlorosiglos, also known as the green-lipped cichlid.
    It has a green or yellow body with black spots and a black stripe along the edge of the mouth.
  • Labeotropheus simoneae, also known as Simone's cichlid.
    It has a blue or yellow body with black spots and a red or orange dorsal fin.
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