Otopharynx lithobates

The Otopharynx lithobates lives in the demersal, freshwater environment.

Otopharynx lithobates maleThis is a haplocrhomine (a.k.a. "Hap") predator, which feeds mostly on crustaceans and insects. It is very similar in appearance and behavior to the Aulonocara peacocks, differing mostly in the shape of its cranium (hence the name Otopharynx). More

Two excellent photos of Otopharynx lithobates by Frank Panis /MCH. Click on the thumbnails for the high resolution pictures. More

Otopharynx lithobates Zimbawe achieve a size of roughly 5 inches and are dark blue with a yellow stripe beginning at the mouth and running through the dorsal fin to the tail. More

Otopharynx lithobates "Zimbawe Rocks" is also known as the Sulphur-Crested Lithobate is a variant originally collected from Zimbawe Rock, Lake Malawi. More

Otopharynx lithobates male at Zimbawe Rock, Lake Malawi . Photo by Mark Smith. Otopharynx lithobates Oliver, 1989 - Curator: Michael K. Oliver. - Please login to view this full profile. More

The Sulphur Crested Lithobate, Otopharynx lithobates, is a mouth brooding cichlid native to Lake Malawi. It has been found at Mumbo, Thumbi West and East, Zimbabwe Rock, Chinyamwezi, and along the coast between the tip of Domwe Island and Monkey Bay. More

Common names

Kivikkoutaka in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Otopharynx lithobates in Catalan (Català)
Saguga in Nyanja
石爬大咽非鯽 in Mandarin Chinese
石爬大咽非鲫 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Perciformes
Family : Cichlidae
Genus : Otopharynx
Species : Otopharynx lithobates
Authority : Oliver, 1989