Astatotilapia desfontainii

Astatotilapia desfontainii (Tunisia)

Astatotilapia desfontainii (Tunisia)

Astatotilapia desfontainii

Astatotilapia desfontainii is a small cichlid of 15cm. The base color of mature males is an unassuming olive-green but each scale along the flank has a small dot of reflective and bright blue-green coloration. This color splash allows the fish to appear totally different depending on the angle positioned to a light source.

This extremely rare gem was found in Tunisia and may now be extinct in the wild. To our knowledge, there were only four adult fish in captivity in all of North America a year ago, but now the offspring of these fish have been spread from coast to coast and to Europe, to people that share our interest in preserving and promoting the survival of this species. A  colony has also been sent to a well-known scientist at the New York Aquarium.

~by Greg Steeves


6 thoughts on “Astatotilapia desfontainii

  1. these sound really cool and im about to get some from a person i know, but how exactly do they breed? it would really help. im also going to get to meet the person who discovered them in tunisia at a fish club meeting.

  2. These fish spawn in the traditional mouthbrooder fashion. Be aware, the males are extremely aggressive.

    You can find an in-depth article on them in the April, 2009 issue of Cichlid News Magazine. Good luck with them.

  3. Approximately how many of these fish are in the hobby at this point in time. What is your best guess based on the ones you have been sharing with other hobbyists

  4. i have 3 very small astatotilapia desfortainii put them in a 55 gallon tank african cichlid tank set up. just rocks sand and a heater cool little fish nice pattens on this fish.

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