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This is intended to provide a general guideline for identifying the Cyphotilapia variants. Please note that individual coloration varies depending on mood, lighting conditions, and other factors. All photos used are courtesy of the members of Cyphos.com and are located in the forum gallery.



Kigoma
Cyphotilapia frontosa (Collection Points: Kigoma, Bangwe/Boulomboro)
Distinguished by their seven stripes, yellow coloration in the dorsal fin, and a broad eye stripe at the "cheek" (below the eye). Adult males may develop large "humps" on their foreheads. Boulomboros and Bangwe (which are believed to be the same collection point) look extremely similar to Kigomas, occasionally showing more yellow and less blue throughout the body.

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Burundi
Cyphotilapia frontosa (Collection Points:Karilani, Kavala, Burundi, etc.)
Distinguished by their long, thin and well defined vertical eye stripe. Adult males typically develop large "humps" on their forehead.

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Tanzanian
Cyphotilapia gibberosa (Collection Points: "Mpimbwe", Samazi, Kipili, Ikola, Kasanga, Kantalamba, etc.)
Distinguished by an eye stripe that wraps over the top of their head, around the front of their face, and extends past the eye to their jaw.

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Zaire
Cyphotilapia gibberosa (Collection Points: Kitumba, Kapampa, "Moba", "Mikula", Tembwe, Moliro, etc.)
Distinguished by their "zorro mask" that wraps over the top of the "forehead" and does not extend too far across the eye typically... although Zaire eye stripes do vary. Unique black counter shading is present in their finnage as well.

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Zambian
Cyphotilapia gibberosa (Collection Points: Nangu, Sumbu, Chaitika, Isanga etc.)
Zambians look extremely similar to Tanzanians.

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Default Cyphotilapia Juvenile Identification

Please note that it is extremely difficult if not impossible to reliably identify Cyphotilapia fry.


Kigoma
Cyphotilapia frontosa (Collection Points: Kigoma, Bangwe/Boulomboro)
Juveniles do not show their adult "cheek patch" or broad eye stripe until they reach approx 2.5 inches in size. The best way to indentify them is by their seven stripes in addition to the yellow in their dorsal fin.

Kigoma fry

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Kigoma juvenile

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Burundi
Cyphotilapia frontosa (Collection Points:Karilani, Kavala, Burundi, etc.)
Juveniles are best distinguished by their long, thin and well defined vertical eye stripe.

Burundi fry

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Burundi juvenile

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Tanzanian
Cyphotilapia gibberosa (Collection Points: Mpimbwe, Samazi, Kipili, Ikola, Kasanga, Kantalamba, etc.)
Juveniles are distinguished by an eye stripe that wraps over the top of their head, around the front of their face, and extends past the eye to their jaw.

Tanzanian fry

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Tanzanian juvenile

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Zaire
Cyphotilapia gibberosa (Collection Points: Kitumba, Kapampa, Moba, Tembwe, Moliro, etc.)
Juveniles are distinguished by their "zorro mask" that wraps over the top of the "forehead" and does not extend too far across the eye typically... although Zaire eye stripes do vary. Zaire will also show unique black counter shading in their finnage.

Zaire fry

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Zaire juvenile

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Zambian
Cyphotilapia gibberosa (Collection Points: Nangu, Sumbu, Chaitika, Isanga etc.)

-- see Tanzanian ID
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