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Aulonocara gertrudae  Konings, 1995

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Aulonocara: Greek, aulos = flute + Greek, kara = face, head (Ref. 45335);  gertrudae: Named after Dr. Gertrud Dudin, wife of Ad Koning, for her moral support, her interest in cichlids, and for her patience (Ref. 40898).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 3 - 30 m (Ref. 40898), usually 15 - ? m (Ref. 40898).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Africa: both western and eastern shores of Lake Malawi.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40898)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 16 - 18; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. Males from the northern populations with a bright orange patch on shoulder (absent in southern populations) (Ref. 40898).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in sandy areas (Ref. 40898).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Territorial males either dig crater nests, defend a rocky cave (north of Ruhuhu), or dig a spawning pit against a rock. Mouthbrooder.

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Kullander, Sven O. | Collaborators

Konings, A., 1995. Lake Malawi cichlids. The Cichlids Yearbook 5:26-36. (Ref. 40898)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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