Cichlid Identification Help

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Good Morning!

I appreciate any help identifying this cichlid, please. I bought this one a couple of weeks ago and it didn't seem to have hardly any yellow, mostly bluish stripes. Since then, it's started to show a good bit of yellow. I believe it's a male but not 100% certain.
 

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I believe you have a male Zebra Mbuna. The egg spots usually indicate male.
 

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"Zebra" is used as a common name for several species of the genus Metriaclima. Your fish doesn't seem to have the right mouth for a Metriaclima, but looks more Labidochromis. My best guess is that it is derived partly from L. sp. "Hongi", but probably not a pure individual of any species.
 
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If I'm understanding you right.....he's a mutt, of sorts? I'm totally okay with it as I think he's gorgeous but it does make me giggle a bit. ;-) That would explain why I'm not able to find one online that looks the same.
 

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Yeah, he's pretty much a mutt. :meh: I agree that he is an attractive mutt. Unfortunately, a very high percentage of the Mbuna and Peacocks in commercial channels are hybridized to some degree. You pretty much have to find a specialist to be certain of pure species lines.
 

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