Metriaclima sciasma was officially described in 2011 by Ciccotto, Konings and Stauffer. The species name sciasma comes from ancient Greek and means ‘shadow’. A reference to the dark pectoral fins of the males.
Prior to the official description, the species was already known by a number of temporary names:
- Pseudotropheus ‘Zebra Slim’
- Pseudotropheus sp. ‘kingsizei north’
- Maylandia ‘Zebra Slim’
- Metriaclima sp. ‘aurora north’
You can still find those names in books and magazines from before 2011.
This Mbuna does not grow very large in the wild. The males can reach a length of about eight centimetres, the females remain slightly smaller at seven centimetres. In the aquarium, they get a bit bigger because we often give them too much and too powerful food.
Mark Thomas – Marks Fiskenarie