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Chambo cichlid

Chambo cichlid

Mdoka White Lips

Mdoka White Lips

Malawi trout cichlid

Malawi trout cichlid

Malawi eyebiter

Malawi eyebiter

Kenyi cichlid

Kenyi cichlid

Pursed lips malawi sand eater

Pursed lips malawi sand eater

Nkhomo-benga peacock

Nkhomo-benga peacock

Malawi hawk

Malawi hawk

Malawi squeaker

Malawi squeaker

Malawi sand diver

Malawi sand diver

Golden mbuna

Golden mbuna

Yellow lab cichlid

Yellow lab cichlid

Nkhomo-benga peacock

Nkhomo-benga peacock

Northern aulonocara

Northern aulonocara

Haplochromis goldfin

Haplochromis goldfin

Malawi dolphin

Malawi dolphin

Yellow-belly bream cichlid

Yellow-belly bream cichlid

Livingstons cichlids cichlid

Livingstons cichlids cichlid

Jacksons cichlid

Jacksons cichlid

Ctenopharynx nitidus

Ctenopharynx nitidus

Electric blue hap

Electric blue hap

Blue mbuna

Blue mbuna

Yellow-tail acei

Yellow-tail acei

Golden mbuna

Golden mbuna

Bluegray mbuna

Bluegray mbuna

Zebra mbuna

Zebra mbuna

Threespot torpedo

Threespot torpedo

Malawi sand diver

Malawi sand diver

Livingstones mbuna

Livingstones mbuna

Blue Malawi sand eater

Blue Malawi sand eater

White Striped malawi sand eater

White Striped malawi sand eater

Scrapermouth mbuna

Scrapermouth mbuna

Black Spotted Malawi Cichlid

Black Spotted Malawi Cichlid

Haplochromis sunset

Haplochromis sunset

Big-Mouth Hap

Big-Mouth Hap

Big-Mouth Hap

Big-Mouth Hap

Chilumba cichlid

Chilumba cichlid

Chipokae Cichlid

Chipokae Cichlid

Chipokae Cichlid

Chipokae Cichlid

Snake catfish

Snake catfish

Chambo cichlid

Chambo cichlid

Facts

LatinOreochromis squamipinnis "monkey bay"
Size36 cm
FoodAlgae growing on rocks
HabitatLakes
IUCN

Critically endangered

The biggest threat is overfishing

LocationLake Malawi in Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique
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Identify an chambo cichlid

The chambo cichlid is is grey to silver-coloured with broad, diffuse black bands. The male is slightly darker than the female. Older, sexually mature males become even darker with a white outline around the fins.

Whimsical mating

The chambo cichlid has amusing mating behaviour: The male first digs a nest into the sandy bottom. The female then chooses a male and helps with the nest. Then the couple dances. The male and female create a T-shape by taking turns being the horizontal line in the T. After some time the female lays the eggs. She immediately collects the eggs in her mouth and the male fertilises them.

A popular food fish

The chambo cichlid is one of the most valuable food fish in Malawi. For many years, it has been subjected to highly intensive overfishing. The Chambo cichlid is now threatened with extinction.