Malawi cichlids in their natural habitat (5th edition)
Cichlid Room Companion

Malawi cichlids in their natural habitat (5th edition)

The ultimate guide of Lake Malawi cichlids
Author: Konings, Ad, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-932892-23-9

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The fifth edition of Malawi cichlids in their natural habitat is the last update of the best Malawi cichlids guide there is, the book includes the current taxonomic status of all the known cichlid species and it focus on the different habitats that comprise the lake, which cichlids have so successfully colonized, resulting in the fantastic species richness of Lake Malawi, which is home to more than one third of all cichlid species. The book includes more than 1,750 color pictures, almost all of them taken in the natural habitat.


Introduction, 5
The lake and its habitats, 6
Map of the lake, 8
The cichlids, a species flock, 14
Malawi cichlid taxonomy, 24
The wave-washed upper rocky habitat, 28
The sediment free rocky habitat, 50
The deep, sediment-rich rocky habitat, 134
The intermediate habitat, 176
The shallow intermediate habitat, 272
Shallow sediment rich bays, 289
The sandy habitat, 315
The unknown depths, 391
References, 415
Index, 421


No lake in the world contains such a diversified and distinctive community of cichlid fishes as Lake Malawi. The total number of cichlid species in the lake is now estimated at about 1000, which is about 200 more than all the freshwater fish species of the North American Continent combined! And there is every indication that still more remain to be discovered.

This fifth, revised, edition of the definitive study of Lake Malawi cichlids discusses and illustrates more species than any previous publication. Basing his study on more than 1700 hours of underwater observations all over the lake, the author characterizes the species by their habitat preference, distribution, feeding and breeding behavior, and coloration. More than 1750 excellent photographs illustrate the cichlid fauna of the entire lake. Almost all of these photographs were taken in the lake and show the fishes in their natural habitat.

Over the years Malawi cichlids, which are among the most colorful freshwater fishes known, have become very popular among aquarists as they are easy to maintain and breed in captivity. And in recent years an ever-increasing number of aquarists, interested in the natural environment of their fishes, have been inspired to visit Malawi and observe the cichlids in the lake itself. Only those who have done so can truly understand the exhilaration and feeling of fulfillment this entails, but this book offers everyone a unique opportunity to share a little of that enjoyment.


The book is a large edition (8 x 11 inches) composing 432 glossy pages, 1,750+ color pictures.