Name: Lipochromis sp. "Matumbi hunter"
Synonym: Haplochromis sp. "Matumbi hunter"
Common name: Matumbi hunter
Location: Lake Victoria
Adult size: 5 inches (13 cm)
Diet: piscavore (omnivore)
Personal notes: I received a very nice colony of ten juvenile Lipochromis sp. "Matumbi hunter" from a fellow hobbyist in June of 2012. This is not the most exciting or attractive Victorian cichlid around, yet it is a bit different. It's a fairly peaceful fish that is always out and about. It swims to the top of the aquarium in anticipation of being fed just like my mbuna do. I never see the bulging or dark colored throat of a holding female, I just see that she isn't eating. When every matumbi hunter but one rushes to be fed but one, I know she is holding eggs.
I had a great deal of difficulty getting females out of the tank. When ever I tried to net one she simply spit her eggs all over the place. So instead, I got her to swim to one side of the tank and placed an egg crate divider between her and the others. After a week, I could scoop her out and strip the fry.
Above is a young 3 inch (8 cm) dominant male Lipochromis sp. "Matumbi hunter"
Above is a mature 5.5 inch (13 cm) dominant male Lipochromis sp. "Matumbi hunter" in full breeding dress in March 2015
Above is a young 3 inch (8 cm) female Lipochromis sp. "Matumbi hunter"
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Links to other sites re: Matumbi hunters below:
Greater Chicago Cichlid Association