Gunther’s Mouthbrooder

The Gunther’s Mouthbrooder (Chromidotilapia guentheri) is a freshwater fish in the cichlid family. 

The Gunther’s Mouthbrooder is tan-brown in colour. The female is more colourful than the male. She has a pink belly and a metallic white stripe on her dorsal (back) fin. It has a wide, down-turned mouth. 

Gunther’s Mouthbrooder

It grows to about 13-20 centimetres (5-8 inches) long. The female is smaller than the male. 

It is native to the rivers of west Africa. It prefers still, muddy, warm waters in coastal floodplains, savannahs, and forests. It is benthic, because it lives on the bottom of the river bed.

The Gunther’s Mouthbrooder is omivorous, feeding on other fish, as well as insects, earthworms, and algae. 

The female Gunther’s Mouthbrooder lays 1,000-2,000 eggs on a flat, open surface. Both parents guard the eggs, which hatch after 5-7 days. The young are called wrigglers and they cannot swim. They can swim after about 7 days. Both parents protect their young by taking them into their mouth (they do not eat their young). 

Gunther’s Mouthbrooder
Gunther’s Mouthbrooder

Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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