Copadichromis chrysonotus

Copadichromis chrysonotus is the only Utaka that does not reproduce on the substrate. They mate in open water.

Copadichromis chrysonotus

Copadichromis chrysonotus was first described by Boulenger in 1908.

Biotope

This species can be found throughout the lake. They inhabit the open waters in sheltered bays. They only swim above the rocks just below the surface of the water.

Diet

In the wild, Copadichromis chrysonotus feeds on plankton floating in the water.

Breeding Copadichromis chrysonotus

This is the only Utaka that does not reproduce on the substrate. Copadichromis chrysonotus spawns in open water. The mating ritual looks just like a mating on the sand or rocks. However, the eggs are now released into the open water and immediately taken up by the female in her mouth. The male only fertilizes the eggs when the female already has the eggs in her mouth.

Author

John de Lange

Copyright photos

Adrian Lisowski

References

Back to Nature Gids voor Malawi Cichliden – Ad Konings

Additional information

Family

Genus

Species

chrysonotus

First described by

Social Behaviour

Breeding behaviour

Diet

Carnivorous

Origin

Ecosystem

Locations

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Length minimum in cm

12

Length maximum in cm

16

Temperature minimum

22

Temperature maximum

26

pH minimum

7.5

pH maximum

8.5

GH minimum

12

GH maximum

16

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