Bumblebee Cichlid

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Description of the Bumblebee Cichlid

The Bumblebee Cichlid is also known as the Hornet Cichlid. Like other Cichlids, they are mouth brooders with the female keeping the eggs safe in her mouth for up to three weeks until the fry hatch. They have a symbiotic relationship with the catfish Kampango (Bagrus meridionalis) and are a cleaner fish removing parasites from the catfish.

Popular Name: Bumblebee Cichlid
Species: Pseudotropheus crabro

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Bumblebee Cichlid

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Profile of the Bumblebee Cichlid
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Bumblebee Cichlid species.

  • Size: Up to 10cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 24-28 Degrees PH 7.5-8.2

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Frozen or Flake Food

  • Temperament: Keep in single species tank with more females than males

  • Habitat: Caves

  • Behaviour: Very Aggressive, not a community fish!

  • Range: Lake Malawi, Africa

Scientific Classification of the Bumblebee Cichlid
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Pseudotropheus crabro

  • Popular Name: Bumblebee Cichlid - Hornet Cichlid

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family:Cichlidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Bumblebee Cichlid?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Bumblebee Cichlid slimy?
Bumblebee Cichlid secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Bumblebee Cichlid to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Bumblebee Cichlid have gills?
Gills enable the Bumblebee Cichlid to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Bumblebee Cichlid have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Bumblebee Cichlid has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Bumblebee Cichlid has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Bumblebee Cichlid has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Bumblebee Cichlid has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Bumblebee Cichlid

Bumblebee Cichlid

  • Interesting Information about Bumblebee Cichlid

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Bumblebee Cichlid slimy?

  • Why do the Bumblebee Cichlid have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Bumblebee Cichlid have fins?

  • Species: Pseudotropheus crabro

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