African Cichlid

This is a Zebra Cichlid with the scientific name Pseudotropheus. They originate in the warm, shallow freshwater of Lake Malawi in Africa. These fish are territorial and very aggressive. However, they are also very beautiful and are fascinating to observe. For example, they are "mouth brooders." This means the mother keeps her eggs safe in her mouth until they hatch. In fact, Dragonfly on-line editor Christopher Wolfe has seen fry (babies) swim back into the mother's mouth for protection in his tank at home!

This picture comes to us courtesy of CHOP: The Cichlid Home Page. It was taken by Roger Doyle.

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