IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)


Read full entry


Cyrtocara moorii, the Hump-head, is a species of cichlid endemic to Lake Malawi in east Africa where they prefer areas with sandy substrates. It can grow to a length of 20 centimetres (7.9 in) TL. The species is popular among aquarium keepers where it is known as the hump-head cichlid, blue dolphin cichlid, Malawi dolphin or simply as moorii. It is currently the only known member of its genus.[1]

Physical description[edit]

They are varying shades of blue, ranging from turquoise to a silvery-blue, and grow a distinctive hump on their forehead.

Aquarium Care[edit]

The Malawi dolphin is best kept at temperatures of 75-78°F. It is relatively tame except when it is spawning.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Cyrtocara moorii" in FishBase. February 2013 version.

See also[edit]


Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Source: Wikipedia

Belongs to 1 community


EOL content is automatically assembled from many different content providers. As a result, from time to time you may find pages on EOL that are confusing.

To request an improvement, please leave a comment on the page. Thank you!