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Namalenje - home of the true Red Empress

Postby Dave G » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:51 am

There've been a few posts on here recently about the Red Empress. Protomelas taeniolatus namalenje. I dropped in here back in 2008 - the vis is always dodgy because it's quite shallow and the bottom gets stirred up. I had dived here previously and it was awful - could just about see my dive computer oin the end of my wrist! Anyway - on this occasion - I was specifically Red Empress hunting (it's my favourite fish of the whole lake - I kept my first f1 specimens back in the 1970s) and I was well rewarded with some stunning fish - all behaving as if I wasn't there!

Here's a female

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A young male - just starting to develop colour - we've nearly all had these!

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But the dominant adult males are something else. No two individuals are exactly the same - some have more blue while others show more red.

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Rival spotted! Get ready for action - look threatening and.......
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Get rid of him!
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Another fish - with dorsal up
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Re: Namalenje - home of the true Red Empress

Postby Tony » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:01 am

Cracking pic's again Dave :text-bravo: :tu:
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Re: Namalenje - home of the true Red Empress

Postby nathanmiller2131 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:32 am

WOW. Good Pics. Eventually I would love to go diving in Lake Malawi. Has to cost a fortune. :text-goodpost: :text-coolphotos: :text-coolphotos: :clap: :tu:
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Re: Namalenje - home of the true Red Empress

Postby damba » Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:25 pm

I am lucky enough to have a wild pair of these and they are stunning, proloific producers of fry also. A real favourite of mine.

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Re: Namalenje - home of the true Red Empress

Postby Clare » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:15 am

Briliant photos once again. You really do have a talent when it comes to that camera.

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Re: Namalenje - home of the true Red Empress

Postby samdean1986 » Fri May 24, 2013 9:42 pm

Nice photos but i have to admit i do like the mbuna beter :text-lol: i love the red top in your other photos
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