The attractive Labidochromis above is L. ianthinus, a male photographed
underwater at Mbenji Island, Malawi (the type locality) by Ad Konings;
photo used with his kind permission.
Konings (1995c: 168) reports finding this species also
at Nkhomo Reef, and notes: "It is an insectivore, and males, as in most insectivorous
mbuna, are not territorial. Male and female have almost the same coloration; males have
a mauve sheen on the body and on the cheeks."
Above: The holotype of Labidochromis ianthinus (a male, 69.7 mm SL; BMNH 1981.1.9: 49), from Mbenji Island, Malawi. Reproduced from Fig. 14 of Lewis, 1982. Below: A specimen from Mbenji Island closely resembling L. ianthinus, but differing from other specimens of that species in having 18 dorsal spines (vs. 16-17) and a somewhat heavier pharyngeal bone. Lewis (1982) referred to this aberrant specimen (BMNH 1981.1.9: 57) as L. cf. ianthinus. From Fig. 16 of Lewis (1982).
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