Victoria Nyerere's Cichlid Pundamilia nyererei (Haplochromis nyererei)

Victoria Nyerere's Cichlid
Victoria Nyerere's Cichlid
Victoria Nyerere's Cichlid
Victoria Nyerere's Cichlid is native to the southern end of Africa's Lake Victoria, the largest lake by surface area but relatively shallow and where hundreds of unique species of cichlid have already been lost to pollution and the invasive introduction of the huge Nile Perch for human consumption. The colourful but aggressive breeding males are red, yellow and black and grow to 8cm long.
Victoria Nyerere's Cichlid
Victoria Nyerere's Cichlid
Victoria Nyerere's Cichlid
The females are olive grey-green with black stripes. Like many cichlids, the mothers brood the eggs and new young in their mouths to protect them.
Thick Skin Cichlid?
Victoria Nyerere's Cichlid
Victoria Nyerere's Cichlid
The fish are named after Tanzania's first president. The fish above left has some features of the Nyerere and some features of the Thick Skin Cichlid, Haplochromis 44, from the same area (the orange colour, the sharp tail but no white back or face); it may be a hybrid of the two since the latter is known to hybridise or it may be a dark individual of the Thick Skin.