Name: Otopharynx tetrastigma
Synonym: Tramitichromis sp. intermedius
Location: Lake Malawi
Adult size: male: 6 inches (16 cm)
Personal notes: This is the fish consistently sold as Tramitichromis intermedius in the US hobby. However, Ad Konings expressed the opinion that the head shape isn't at all correct for this species. The head should be rounded and not as pointy as you see in my pictures. It took quite a few years until the fish being sold as Tramitichromis sp. intermedius was determined to actually be Otopharynx tetrastigma.
Below you can see the adult male Otopharynx tetrastigma in full color. The color fades and the three spots reappear when he is a bit stressed.
Note you can still see the very faint three spots in the picture below.
Above is my male cichlid from Lake Malawi. This is the only Malawi cichlid I've kept that isn't a mbuna. Initially the male and female are identical with a silver body and three spots. The male develops a beautiful coloration in the fins. My local fish store had a stunning mature male for sale with a price tag of $70.
This is what a young adult male Otopharynx tetrastigma looks like just before developing the adult color.
Juvenile male Otopharynx tetrastigma shown above.
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