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)

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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, I know she is holding eggs.

 

I had a great deal of difficulty getting females out of the tank.  As soon as the net hits the water there is chaos since this species is an incredibly fast swimmer.  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:

African Cichlids.net

ig-victoriasee-cichliden.de

Greater Chicago Cichlid Association

AquariumWebzine