Species group: Cichlids
Other common names: Red Top Trewavasae; Redtop Mbuna; Scrapermouth Mbuna; Trewavasae; Marmalade Cat
Scientific name: Labeotropheus trewavasae
The Redtop Mbuna is a colorful member of the Cichlid family which is native to shoreline waters in Lake Malawi, Tanzania. Redtop Mbuna graze on algae which grows on rocks, and is closely related to the Blue Mbuna (Labeotropheus fuelleborni). Labeotropheus trewavasae was first introduced to the hobby in 1964 and is named after the renowned British ichthyologist, Dr. Ethelwynn Trewavas. There are more than 40 color varieties of Labeotropheus trewavasae in Lake Malawi.
Like most Cichlids, male Redtop Mbuna can be quite territorial and adults reach around 6 inches in length.