Paratilapia caerulea Boulenger, 1908, Lake Malawi.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
German: Forellen-Cichlide; Nyanja: Ndunduma.
Maximum length 12.6 in (32 cm). Large, predatory cichlid with slender body. Dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins somewhat elongate in adults. Immature males and females silver gray, with dark band running obliquely along uppermost part of body. Breeding males acquire brilliant greenish blue coloration, and edges of the dorsal and anal fins become orange.
Widely distributed in Lake Malawi, East Africa.
Inshore waters to depths of 180 ft (55 m).
Juveniles school together, but adults usually cruise solitarily.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feeds on smaller fishes.
Mouth brooder. Male forms a pit over sandy substrate. Female lays eggs in the pit and then collects them; eggs are fertilized in the female’s mouth.
Not listed by the IUCN.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Locals occasionally catch these fish using baited hooks.
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