Haplochromis burtoni

Haplochromis burtoni

Burton's haplochromis male

(Burton’s Haplochromis, Burton’s Mouthbrooder)

FAMILY

Cichlidae

Species

Haplochromis burtoni

Common name(s)

Burton’s Haplochromis, Burton’s Mouthbrooder

Main colour(s)

Polychromatic, blues, yellows to reds

Body size

Average 12-15 cm long

Campus

Townsville

Description

This colourful fish has been introduced from Central East Africa. Males larger than females. Males brightly coloured – grey to near luminescent blue or yellow with orange patch above pectoral fin and dark bars on the head. Males only have 5-9 orange spots on anal fin; females and juveniles sandy grey-green and lack distinct markings or spots; the dorsal fin extends almost to the tail; body is oval in cross-section. It is a mouth brooder and frequents slow moving water where it is shallow and where there is vegetation. It eats both plant material and invertebrates.