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Remarks: Julidochromis transcriptus is a Tanganyikan cichlid that reaches 3" in length, making it one of the smaller "Julies." There is some debate over the true identity of this species, as it has been considered a variant of Julidochromis marlieri as well as simply Julidochromis sp. "Gombe." Further analysis may reveal how it fits into the genus.
They sport a torpedo-shaped body covered in a black vertical stripe pattern, with a nice mask over their eyes. They inhabit rocky areas of the lake and can often be seen hovering upside-down below a rocky outcropping. Julies make for an excellent candidate for a breeder looking to try Tanganyikan cichlids, as they are cave spawners and tend to produce quite a few fry, which they raise for several weeks. Sexing is nearly impossible, so young groups should be kept together until they pair off.
Scientific Name: Julidochromis transcriptus "Gombe"
Max Size: 3"
Region of Origin: Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred
Compatibility: Lake Tanganyikan cichlids
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