The Kotsovato Cichlid (Paretroplus kieneri) is a medium-sized freshwater fish related to the Wrasse and the Damselfish.
The Kotsovato Cichlid has an oval-shaped, thin body with a crescent tail, and thick lips. It is blue-purple with patches of orange scales on the ridge of its back and on its underbelly near its tail.
It measures about 16 centimetres (6 inches) long.
The Kotsovato Cichlid is native to north-western Madagascar. It prefers shallow, freshwater rivers.
It eats plants, organic matter, and small aquatic animals.
Females look after her eggs and her young.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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