How To Pronounce African Cichlids

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How to Pronounce African Cichlids

What are African Cichlids?

African cichlids are a type of fish that inhabit the waters of the African rift lake region. They are beloved by aquarium hobbyists due to the variety of colors and shapes they can display. With over 1,300 species of African cichlids, they are a popular fish in the hobby.

How to Pronounce African Cichlids

The pronunciation of African cichlids can vary depending on the species. Most of the names are derived from Latin or Greek and can be difficult to pronounce. Generally, the species name is pronounced with a hard “K” sound, followed by a short “I” sound, then the rest of the name. For example, the species name for the popular red zebra cichlid is "Maylandia estherae". This would be pronounced “May-lan-dee-uh es-tur-ay”.

Tips for Pronouncing African Cichlids

When learning how to pronounce African cichlids, it is important to remember that the pronunciation of the species name is not always consistent. Many hobbyists will use slightly different pronunciations, so it is best to listen to how other aquarium hobbyists pronounce the names and try to mimic them. Additionally, some species names may be easier to pronounce than others, depending on the language they are derived from.

Common African Cichlids

Some of the most popular African cichlids in the hobby are the red zebra cichlid (Maylandia estherae), the electric blue ahli (Sciaenochromis fryeri), the haplochromis electric blue (Sciaenochromis ahli), and the African butterfly cichlid (Anomalochromis thomasi). All of these species have unique color patterns and can be easily identified by their scientific names.


Learning how to pronounce African cichlids can be a difficult task for beginning hobbyists, but with a bit of practice and patience, it can be mastered. Different species may have different pronunciations, so it is important to listen to other hobbyists when trying to pronounce a particular species name. With hundreds of species of African cichlids, there is always something new to learn.

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