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Cichlids (pronounced sick-lids) are a diverse group of fish found around the world. Cichlids from Lake Malawi in Africa have diversified throughout the lake to branch off into different species – this process is called speciation. Each species thrives in its own location within the lake, with yellow-coloured cichlids thriving in the shallow sandier areas, the blue-coloured cichlids thriving in the open waters, and the darker grey-coloured cichlids thriving in the rocky parts.

Most of these species are mouth brooders which means that the parent keeps the eggs in their mouth until they are ready to hatch, as a form of protection.

Type

Fish

What do they eat?

Small snails, invertebrates and plant material

Size

Various, around 10cm

Water Type

Tropical freshwater

Where are we?

Lake Malawi, Africa

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