The closest relative to this
species is C. rukwaensis. Description:The caudal fin of this species has three
lobes hence the specific name, tri (latin) = three;
lobes = lapet, lobe; lobatus (adjective) = with lappets,
lobes. Colouration: The colouration
of this species is a ground colour of brownish/yellow
with an olive tinge. There is very small dark brown
pigmented spots on the body and smaller spots on the
head. There is a thin yellow lateral line and a crescent
shaped dark spot to the caudal peduncle. Aquarium
Care: Good oxygenated water from a power
filter. Sand or gravel substrate with smooth rocks
or pebbles. Their dorsal and pectoral fins are sharp
and can cause wounds if not handled carefully. Diet:
Feeds on aquatic insects such as mayfly nymphs and
caddis fly and blackfly larvae. In the aquarium, algae,
fly larvae foods, bloodworm, flake food.
Rungwizi River basin, Lake Rukwa basin, Tanzania.
Type locality: Piti River, an affluent of
the Rungwa River, 63 km S of Rungwa Village on the
road from Itigi to Makambako or Mbeya, eastern Lake
Rukwa drainage, western Tanzania.
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