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Lake Malawi Cichlids

The third-largest lake in Africa, and most southern of the African Great Rift Lakes, Lake Malawi is home to more than 500 species of cichlid (sick-lid) fish. The exact number of cichlid species in the world is unknown, because new ones are discovered each year.

Popular in the pet trade, cichlids exhibit a wide diversity of habitats and feeding preferences. Some prefer rocky outcrops and shorelines, and pick invertebrates from algae beds, while others are found in grass beds or near sandy bottoms, and dig through the mud for food. These differing preferences enable so many different species to coexist in Lake Malawi.

Is that a sore throat?
As you view this exhibit, watch for cichlids that seem to have a swollen throat. They are actually carrying developing eggs in their mouth.

Lake Malawi Cichlids Lake Malawi Cichlids
Lake Malawi Cichlids Lake Malawi Cichlids