Lake Malawi Multiple-Choice Quiz:
- Tilapia rendalli is the only Lake Malawi cichlid that guards its eggs and young on the substrate instead of in the mother's mouth.
- David Livingstone visited Lake Nyassa (L. Malawi) in the 19th century, his naturalist Kirk collecting the first fish specimens from the lake.
- Tyrannochromis polyodon, an ambush predator, grows much larger than the other cichlid species named in the question.
- "Chrysonotus" means "golden back." One of the Utaka, Copadichromis chrysonotus, is an example of the use of this name.
- Lake Malawi's depth is approximately 2300 feet (700 meters) - the world's fourth deepest lake.
- As early as 1546, Lake "Maravi" (Malawi) first appeared on a Portuguese map of Africa.
- Bagrus meridionalis catfishes have been observed to have fishlice nibbled from them by Maylandia crabro, sometimes called the Bumblebee cichlid.
- A "lepidophage" is a creature that feeds on scales. Several Lake Malawi cichlid species have this unusual diet, sneaking scales from cichlids or other fishes.
- The first naval victory for Britain in World War I occurred, of all places, on Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi).
- A freshwater sponge, known as Malawispongia, lives in Lake Malawi, and only there.
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