Above and below: Nimbochromis polystigma, a well-known
(and well-camouflaged) ambush
predator from the rocky shores of Lake Malawi.
Jackson (1961) reports several
indigenous names for N. polystigma, some of which mean "hyaena"
or "leopard" in reference to the brown spots: "Fisi," "Gufifi," and
"Nyalubwe." I recorded an additional name, "Chingwe" (hyaena), used by the
Tumbuka people in the northern part of Lake Malawi.
Compare this fish with its sister species,
N. linni. Photos copyright © by M. K.
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