The Three-Striped Haplotaxodon (Haplotaxodon trifasciatus) is a little-known freshwater fish in the cichlid family.
The Three-Striped Haplotaxodon is silver with three faint stripes which darken as the fish ages. It also develops a dark spot on the base of its tail. It has large, bulging eyes to see in the dark waters of the lake.
It measures about 12 centimetres (5 inches) long.
The Three-Striped Haplotaxodon is native to Lake Tanganyika in Africa. The lake has borders with four countries in east Africa: Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia. It prefers deep freshwater.
It swims in large schools to feed on plankton and insect larvae.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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