Name:    Pundamilia sp. "blue bar"

Synonym:    Haplochromis sp. "blue bar"

Common name:    Hippo Point Blue Bar

Location:    Lake Victoria (Hippo Point, Kenya)

Adult male size:    4 inches (10 cm)

Diet:    insectivore


The three pictures below show a male Pundamilia sp. "blue bar" commonly called the Hippo Point Blue Bar.  Some folks tink that this might just be a blueish varient of Pundamilia pundamilia (aka zebra nyererei)

These fish were sold to me as Pundamilia sp. "Blue Obliquidens" in the fall of 2004 at the Ohio Cichlid Extravaganza.  As they've grown I've come to realize that the identification didn't look right.  That suspicion was confirmed by several reliable sources who agreed that this species is Pundamilia sp. "blue bar" also known as Haplochromis sp. "blue bar".  They are not really all that blue.  Just a few blue highlights in the dorsal fins and around the mouth and gills.

The females are a much lighter color, almost yellow as you can see in the two pictures above.

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See Cichlid News magazine January 1993  (Volume 2, no. 1)