Species Article: Lake Tanganyika

Lepidiolamprologus hecqui

by Lee Ann Steeves

Formerly known as Neolamprologus hecqui, this fish has recently been dubbed Lepidiolamrpologus hecqui in Ad Koning's new book, Tanganyika Cichlids "In Their Natural Habitat". Hobbyists often confuse this fish with two similar species, L. meeli and L. boulengeri. Unlike the hecqui, these species are monogamous, will dig a pit in the sand around a single shell, and the males do not generally fit inside the shell. Hecqui, on the other hand, are harem breeders, thus found amongst clusters of shells, and the males do seek refuge inside the shell.


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