The Lemon Cichlid (Neolamprologus leleupi) is a freshwater fish. It is also known as the Gold Cichlid, the Leleupi, or the Tanganyikan Lemon Cichlid.
The Lemon Cichlid is a yellow fish, ranging from bright yellow to yellow-brown.
It measures about 10 centimetres (4 inches) in length.
The Lemon Cichlid 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 is a recess dweller, living in rock crevices and caves.
It is omnivorous, eating shrimp, fish eggs, larvae, and small aquatic insects.
The Lemon Cichlid is usually found alone and or in pairs. It goes to an underwater cave to breed. The female lays eggs and guards them from predators, while the male guards the cave entrance. The parents provide some parental care when the eggs are hatched.
[Location of photographs: Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM