The exquisite creature above is a sexually active male Protomelas spilopterus.
This is another species suspected of being a paedophage or fry-robber;
notice the massive lower jaw. Below: A closeup of the anal fin, showing
the conspicuous pseudo-ocellae. There is no clear, depigmented ring
around the spots (this absence is what makes them only pseudo-ocellae),
as is seen in the more specialized ocellar eggspots of the mbuna flock.
These more primitive eggspots (fairly typical for members of the "Hap" flock)
nevertheless appear three-dimensional because of the gradient from a deep yellow
at the centers to almost white at the edges of some spots.
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