Melanochromis cf. chipokae, male, photo from
Ribbink et al. (1983)

A male of a Melanochromis species of the intermediate zone, identified as M. cf. chipokae; photographed underwater at Thumbi Island West, Malawi. (The female of Melanochromis chipokae actually has much more distinctive, yellow and black, coloration than the male; see the excellent photo of a female by Roger Håggstrøm at Cichlid Room Companion.)

Ribbink et al. (1983) stated that the entity in the above photo closely resembles the species described as M. chipokae from Chipoka Rocks, and may well be identical. They examined the stomachs of seven individuals and reported that all seven had eaten filamentous algae and benthic invertebrates, five had also eaten cichlid fry, and three contained zooplankton. Although it is one of the group of Melanochromis species that have long, pointed heads and is a fry predator, like M. melanopterus, M. chipokae is clearly something of an opportunistic feeder. Photo from Plate 9i of Ribbink et al., 1983; reproduced by permission of the Zoological Society of Southern Africa.



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