Melanochromis auratus (Boulenger, 1897)
Golden mbuna
Melanochromis auratus
photo by Schüür, G.

Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  11 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; pH range: 7 - 8.5; dH range: 10 - 15
Distribution:  Africa: endemic to Lake Malawi (Ref. 5663, 89864).
Biology:  Found in rocky habitats. Feeds from the biocover by nibbling and picking on the algae (Ref. 5595). Aquarium keeping: aggressive towards conspecifics; many females for one male; minimum aquarium size 100 cm (Ref. 51539).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 June 2018 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   

Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 01.03.91
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 15.07.13
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 21.03.94

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