Name: Tilapia snyderae
Origin: Lake Bermin (Cameroon)
I've found this to be a very enjoyable West African cichlid to work with. It seems to adapt well to a variety of tank conditions. They turn a deep red when in breeding coloration with a dark black belly. Males get slightly larger, maxing out around 12 cm, while females get to be about 8 cm. Pairs spawn in a cave and guard the spawning territory with much aggression. Parents guard the young well, but after the fry become free swimming the male often becomes hyper-aggressive towards the female and has to be removed.
I haven't kept this fish but I thought it'd be worth mentioning that it's on the IUCN Redlist of threatened species, probably because its natural habitat is limited to a single lake in Cameroun and in such cases a species is much more vulnerable to being wiped out due to destruction of their habitat and/or uncontrolled collecting. What this means to us hobbyists is that we should try to buy such species only if they come from respectable breeders, so you will not only reduce the pressure of collecting them from the wild, but also support someone who's specialized in their captive breeding, which may help repopulate the wild stock in the future should it be necessary.
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