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Otopharynx lithobates walteri "Maleri"

Otopharynx lithobates walteri is a cave living species. They are living in big caves in rocky environments and can be found in the southwestern part of the lake near Nakantenga Island en Maleri Island. The examples shown here are from Maleri Island.
Not so long ago this species was first described as Otopharynx walteri and later as a variant of Otopharynx lithobates (new name is Otopharynx lithobates lithobates) however nowadays this species is considered to be a subspecies of Otopharynx lithobates with the probably temporary name Otopharynx lithobates walteri because there are clear color and form differences with Otopharynx lithobates lithobates.

In the lake the males of these species can grow to 16 cm, in the aquarium however they can grow a little taller because of a good feeding. The males can then grow to about 18 cm, females grow to about 12 cm.

Otopharynx lithobates walteri is in common a real peaceful cichlid. You can keep this species best with other peaceful species and multiple females in a tank with enough places to hide.

In the lake they are seeking the sand and eat faeces of other, mainly vegetation eating fish.
In the aquarium they are comfortable with any food. They take everything they get offered, like spirulina pellets, mysis, artemia, cyclops and shrimp-peas mix.