Valid Name:    Paralabidochromis chromogynos "Zue Island"  (Greenwood, 1959)

Synonym:   Haplochromis chromogynos

Common name:    NA

Location:    Lake Victoria around Zue Island, Tanzania

Adult male size:    4 1/2 inches (11 cm)

Diet:   insectivore/omnivore

Supposedly chromogynos have a large distribution throughout Lake Victoria.  This particular color variety is from around Zue Island in the southern portion of the lake.


Personal notes:  As you can see, both the male and the female Paralabidochromis chromogynos are a piebald (blotched colored) cichlid.   This varient is from Zue Island off the coast of Tanzania in Lake Victoria.  I purchased 8 chromogynos in March of 2007 from a breeder in the Ohio Cichlid Association.

They tend to be a somewhat peaceful species with just a bit of female on female displays.  They will flair their fins in a standoff but never seem to bite, liplock or cause any harm what-so-ever.  It looks like I have 2 males and 6 females.  It seems that everyone has an easy time getting them to breed except for me, in spite of this good M:F ratio.

As you can see below, the males have longer fins with more blue and red in them as well as three large egg spots.

They take on different coloration a bit depending upon the tank.  Above left the male is greenish in a 46 gallon bowfront tank with black sand substrate and painted black.

The above male is blueish in a 40 gallon long tank with a light sand substrate and painted black rear glass.

Now the male is yellowish in a 180 gallon tank with a light sand substrate and light colored limestone rocks.

A male Paralabidochromis chromogynos is shown above.  Note the longer fins, the yellow body, the blue in the dorsal fins and the red in the anal fin.

The male took on a greenish color (as shown above) when placed in a tank with black sand substrate

Several 3 inch (8 cm) young adult females above.  Above is one of the females.  Note the difference in the anal fins.  The body tends to be a bit more black and white, or yellow and brown.

Above left is a juvenile female                               and above right is the juvenile male.

 The fry I purchased are shown above.


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