Name:   Labeotropheus trewavasae


Common name:   Red Top Thumbi or Trewavasa's cichlid

Location:    Thumbi Island, Lake Malawi

Adult size:   6 inches (15 cm)

Diet:    omnivore

Various color morphs of the Labeotropheus trewavasae


Personal notes:  This is an mbuna that I purchased at the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts spring auction in the spring of 2015.  This particular local varient usually has OB (orange-blotched) females.   Labeotropheus have a distinctive "nose" as you can see below.  They are often confused with the larger and bulkier Labeotropheus fuelleborni.

Above is my male Labeotropheus trewavasae

Above is my female Labeotropheus trewavasae





Personal notes:  This cichlid below was in a very large display tank at The Atlanta Aquarium.  The trewavasae come in a wide variety of colors.  

The above picture is not my fish.  The picture of this male Labeotropheus trewavasee "Thumbi Island" was taken at the American Cichlid Association Convention in Atlanta in 2008.

When they are a blue blotched male (like above) they are sometimes referred to as "Marmalade Cats".

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See also:


Malawi Cichlids

Malawi Dream