Name: Lipochromis melanopterus (Trewavas, 1928)
Synonym: Haplochromis melanopterus
Location: Lake Victoria around Macobe Island
Adult size: Males 5.5 inches (14 cm) and Females 5 inches (13 cm)
Personal notes: I was given two groups of Lipochromis melanopterus by a friend around September 2016. These 17 cichlids are now sharing a single species 75 gallon aquarium. They've probably bred a few times and I didn't notice the holding female hiding under the rocks. Twice I have caught a holding female and moved her to a smaller brreding tank only to have her swallow her eggs the next day.
Above is my dominant male Lipochromis melanopterus at around one year old and 4 inches (10 cm) total length
Above is one of the female Lipochromis melanopterus at around one year old and 3 inches (7 cm) total length
Some of the female Lipochromis melanopterus are blotched.
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