Valid name:    Lithochromis rubripinnis (Seehausen, Lippitsch & Bouton, 1998)

Synonym:    Haplochromis sp. "blue pseudonigricans"

Common name:    Blue Pseudonigricans

Location:    Lake Victoria (Mwanza Gulf region)

Adult size:    Male: 5 inches (12 cm),  Female: 4 inches (10 cm)

Diet:   insectivore / zooplanktivore


Personal Notes:  Unlike my story below, I believe that I have the "real deal" Lithochromis rubripinnis this time.  I got a colony of 7 (2M:5F) from a hobbyist friend in California.  I have them in a single species 55 gallon tank at the moment.

The dominant male Lithochromis rubripinnis above.  I have no idea why they ever called this black cichlid a blue pseudonigricans.


Personal Notes #2:  I purchased 2M:6F cichlids labeled simply as "Blue Victorians" in February of 2007.  I initially thought that I had Lithochromis rubripinnis.  Although there is a lot about this fish that makes me believe that this is what it may be, I suspect that it is more likely a hybrid.  I never distributed any fry due to my concerns about the purity of the colony.

The dominant coloration is very dark blue, sometimes almost black

Above are some pictures of juvenile males.

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