Electric Yellow Fish

The Electric Yellow Fish (Labidochromis caeruleus) is a freshwater fish in the Cichlid family. It is also known as the Lemon Yellow Lab, the Blue Streak Hap, and the Yellow Prince.

The Electric Yellow Fish is a thin, laterally compressed fish. It is bright yellow with red eyes.

Electric Yellow Fish

It grows upt to 15 centimetres (6 inches) in length.

It is endemic to the central western coast of Lake Malawi in East Africa. It prefers locations with rocks and caves so that it can hide.

The Electric Yellow Fish feeds on worms, shrimp, and small aquatic invertebrates.

The male and female form a monogamous pair for life. The male digs a hole or depression in the sand at the bottom of the lake, and the female lays her eggs in it. 

The Electric Yellow Fish is a mouthbrooder. The female protects the eggs in her mouth. The eggs hatch after 21 days and become little fish, called fry.

Both parents care for their young. The parents often suck up the fry into their mouth for protection. They don’t eat their young. 

[Location of photographs: Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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