Golden Cichlid Melanochromis auratus

Golden Cichlid
Golden Cichlid
Golden Cichlid
The Golden Cichlid, also called Golden Mbuna, is native to southern Lake Malawi in Africa's Rift Valley.
Golden Cichlid
Golden Cichlid
Golden Cichlid
The fish is named after the females and submissive/non-breeding males which, together with juveniles, are predominantly golden yellow with some black lateral stripes. Those shown above right are together with Yellow Labs (Labidochromis) and a Bumblebee Cichlid. Females mouth-brood their young.
Golden Cichlid
Golden Cichlid
The dominant, breeding, adult males, shown above, are mainly black with a white or blue lateral stripe. Small cichlids, they grow to some 11cm long.