Nimbochromis polystigma is a piscivorous fish, often preying upon juvenile cichlids. It shares this name with other Nimbochromis species due to their hunting technique, which involves lying motionless on the bottom, sometimes on its side as if feigning death, until small fish approach to investigate, then pouncing on the prey. When hunting this way their colour will fade, apparently as the whiter colour attracts more small cichlids. They will also sometimes launch ambush attacks on small fish from the cover of vegetation, with their colouration acting as disruptive camouflage. It has the rather endearing habit of leaping from the water to try to get at food or fingers.


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 Scientific Name Common Name Size Temperament
 Nimbochromis polystigma  Hyena cichlid 230mm Moderately-aggressive 
 Water Temperature Water pH Tank Size Diet
 23-28°C  7.5 - 8.8  250 litres Carnivore