Valid name:    Pundamilia nyererei "Ruti Island"(Witte-Maas & Witte, 1985) 

Synonym:    NA

Common name:    NA

Location:    Lake Victoria (Ruti Island, Tanzania)

Adult male size:    4 1/2 inches (12 cm)

Diet:    insectivore/omnivore


Personal notes:  These are Lake Victoria cichlids that I purchased in 1999.  Even at a small size it was easy to differentiate the males from the females.  I originally bought one male and four females but then bought two more females to try to curb his excessive aggression.  Didn't work..... he killed the three smallest females.  My male grew to about 4 inches (10 cm) long and the females are around 3 1/4 inches (8 cm) long.  He has bred twice with the same female .... unfortunately, the female did not carry the fry to term.  This variant of nyererei never grew very big, but they were definitely the most aggressive nyererei I've ever kept.  Below picture shows a four year old adult male Pundamilia nyererei.  They were labeled as the Ruti Island varient but I'm not sure I agree with that location.  Of course, there is a chance they are a mix of several Pundamilia nyererei locations.  They just don't seem to be consistent with anyone else's Ruti Island nyererei and I've never seen another hobbyist with a similar looking fish.

These males were definitely showed a brilliant red and not orange.

Below right, you see the female with the eggs in her mouth.  

Well here it is five years later and I still have one male and two female nyererei living in my 55 gallon tank with Astatotilapia aeneocolor.  The male is still beautiful but not nearly as aggressive as when he was younger.  They never did succesfully breed and have surviving fry, and now they no longer try to breed, from what I've observed.

Above picture shows two mature female nyererei.  Note how much darker the female colors have become when get old..


Above picture shows juvenile male on the left                      and a juvenile female on the right

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see also


Aquarium Webzine

Hill Country Cichlid Club

See Cichlid News magazine October 1993  (Volume 2, no. 4)