Taeniochromis holotaenia reportedly collected at Mbenji Island. Photo by Mark Smith used by permission
Taeniochromis holotaenia, aquarium photo of a male reportedly from Mbenji Island. Photo by Mark Smith

Taeniochromis holotaenia female or immature male, trawled in the SE arm. Photo copyright © by M.K. Oliver
A female or immature male Taeniochromis holotaenia trawled in the southeast arm. Photo © by M.K. Oliver

Taeniochromis holotaenia is the only member of its genus, and was named for the continuous dark band that runs from the snout along the midline of the body to the base of the caudal fin. This elongate predatory denizen of sandy shores and offshore areas in Lake Malawi eats small cichlids and other fishes. Special thanks to Mark Smith for providing the photograph of the male.

Photos by Frank Panis of a brightly colored male and a female can be seen at Malawi Cichlid Homepage.


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