Name:   Astatotilapia latifasciata (Regan, 1929)

Synonym:    Haplochromis latifasciata

Common name:    Zebra Obliquidens

Location:    Lake Kyoga and Lake Nawampassa (Uganda)

Adult size:    Males: 5.5 inches (14 cm),   Females 5 inches (13 cm)

Diet:    insectivore (omnivore)

Lake Kyoga and Lake Nawampassa are two of the satellite lakes north of Lake Victoria in Uganda.   This cichlid is commonly and incorrectly called Haplochromis sp. "zebra obliquidens".


Personal notes:  I purchased four adult A. latifasciata (1M:3F) from the local aquarium store in 2003 and placed them in a 75 gallon tank.  Since I purchased them as adults, they bred immediately and frequently provided broods of around 50 fry. ( latifasciata breeding ).  The lone male bred with all three females.  They had the occasional fights (mostly female on female) but were basically a very peaceful cichlid when compared to other Victorians that I have kept.  Although this cichlid is endangered in the wild, it is probably the most common Victorian in the hobby and can even be found in some of the large chain stores.  Unfortunately, I've also seen quite a few very poor specimens with broken vertical bars.

This Victorian is somewhat unusual in that the females are not the usual drab silver/gray color.  The males have red on the "belly" and a grey/black across the top of the body just below the dorsal fins.  The females have no red at all.  They are yellow or occasionally silvery-white when stressed.  They are more elongated than most of the Victorians in the hobby and also grow just a bit larger than most as well.  One of the advantages to keeping this Victorian is that they look so different from the other Victorians and there is considerably less risk of hybridization.  I would not keep this cichlid with Haplochromis species #44 "thickskin" as I have heard that these two species will hybridize rather easily.  I had my A. latifasciata colony for over four years and both the male and the female grew to about the same size at 5 inches (13 cm) long.

Above is the male with two of his female Astatotilapia latifasciata:

The above photo shows a four year old male Astatotilapia latifasciata:

The above photo shows a female Astatotilapia latifasciata:

Above left is a holding female                                A young male above right

Above is a 1" (2.5 cm) juvenile male already showing the red belly.

           Fry tanks above

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see also:


Hill Country Cichlid Club

Greater Chicago Cichlid Association



Big Sky Cichlids