Valid Name: Paralabidochromis chromogynos "Zue Island" (Greenwood, 1959)
Synonym: Haplochromis chromogynos
Common name: NA
Location: Lake Victoria around Zue Island, Tanzania
Adult male size: 4 1/2 inches (11 cm)
Supposedly chromogynos have a large distribution throughout Lake Victoria. This particular color variety is from around Zue Island in the southern portion of the lake.
Personal notes: As you can see, both the male and the female Haplochromis (Paralabidochromis) chromogynos are a piebald (blotched colored) cichlid. This varient is from Zue Island off the coast of Tanzania in Lake Victoria. I purchased 8 chromogynos in March of 2007 from a breeder in the Ohio Cichlid Association.
They tend to be a somewhat peaceful species with just a bit of female on female displays. They will flair their fins in a standoff but never seem to bite, liplock or cause any harm what-so-ever. It looks like I have 2 males and 6 females. It seems that everyone has an easy time getting them to breed except for me, in spite of this good M:F ratio.
As you can see below, the males have longer fins with more blue and red in them as well as three large egg spots.
They take on different coloration a bit depending upon the tank. Above left the male is greenish in a 46 gallon bowfront tank with black sand substrate and painted black.
The above male is blueish in a 40 gallon long tank with a light sand substrate and painted black rear glass.
Now the male is yellowish in a 180 gallon tank with a light sand substrate and light colored limestone rocks.
A male Paralabidochromis chromogynos is shown above. Note the longer fins, the yellow body, the blue in the dorsal fins and the red in the anal fin.
The male took on a greenish color (as shown above) when placed in a tank with black sand substrate
Several 3 inch (8 cm) young adult females above. Above is one of the females. Note the difference in the anal fins. The body tends to be a bit more black and white, or yellow and brown.
Above left is a juvenile female and above right is the juvenile male.
The fry I purchased are shown above.
Next Victorian cichlid <== Paralabidochromis sp. "fire" HOME
Big Sky Cichlids