Telmatochromis bifrenatus Myers, 1936
photo by Dubosc, J.

Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; pH range: 8.5 - 9.5; dH range: 10 - 15; depth range 5 - 10 m
Distribution:  Africa: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika.
Biology:  Is an ideal beginner's fish. Sometimes found as deep as 20 m depth. Always solitary in very clear water. Often seen wandering close to rocks or over coarse sand between rock patches. Omnivorous (Ref. 54948), feeds on microorganisms (Ref. 6770). Forms temporary pair bonds; the male defends the territory while the female takes care of her offspring (Ref. 7343).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 31 January 2006 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 03.03.94
Modified by: Pablico, Grace Tolentino - 21.07.05
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 19.08.94

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