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Online reference The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Labidochromis sp."Perlmutt" : It is said that Konings believes these may be a morph of Labidochromis caeruleus.
Online reference The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Labidochromis caeruleus
The two dominant males in the tank. The first holds territory in the middle. He is a larger fish and so far he is the only one I have seen breeding. The second holds a territory on the right end and never gets a chance to breed although he displays at times. I find him to be a more attractive specimen, with his reduced barring and pinker grey background.
Face-off between the two males.
The object of their desire, and an offspring. The cave is right below the territory of the larger male and spawnings occur on the upper outside face of this rock.
The other known female peeking out of her cave, on right. Holding Protomelas taeniolatus female, on left. A Perlmutt fry center, with a Pseudotropheus sp. "Deep Magunga" fry nearby.
Female or possibly immature male specimens. Non-dominant males have the same appearance as females. Some of the fish have an inverted V-formation in their central vertical stripes.