Name: Paralabidochromis chilotes "Ruti Island" (Greenwood 1959)
Synonym: Haplochromis chilotes (Boulenger, 1911)
Common name: Victoria big-lipped Hap
Location: Lake Victoria (Ruti Island in the Speke Gulf, Tanzania)
Adult size: Males 6 inches (15 cm) and Females 4 1/2 inches (12 cm)
Haplochromis (Paralabidochromis) chilotes has a wide distribution throughout Lake Victoria and the various locations have different coloration.
Personal notes: I received eight Paralabidochromis chilotes in July of 2016 at the ACA convention in Cincinnati. I lost half of tis colony to aggression. The male on male fighting was pretty extreme. I added another eight Paralabidochromis chilotes in July of 2017 at the ACA convention in Detroit. I'll combine these two colonies when the size permits.
The dominant male Paralabidochromis chilotes "Ruti Island" (now around 4 inches) has darkened quite a bit. [November 2017]
The dominant male Paralabidochromis chilotes "Ruti" (here around 2.5 inches) is starting to color up while the sub-dominant males have retained their juvenile coloration shown below. [March 2017]
Above you can see one of the very young Paralabidochromis chilotes males at around 2 inches is basically a black and white fish. [February 2017]
Above are some of my young female 2 inch (10 cm) Paralabidochromis chilotes.
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