Lamprologus Meleagris – Pearly Ocellatus


One of the difficulties of this species is its ever-changing nomenclature. More commonly known as Lamprologus meleagris, the debate on which is the correct synonym – or if, indeed, they are separate species – rages on. At this point stappersi is viewed as correct, but the genus poses another problem – according to a number of ichthyologists, “Lamprologus” should not be used for Tanganyikans.

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Lamprologus Meleagris is one of our all time favorite shell dwellers here at Sand City! These guys have an attitude to match their stunning appearance.

Lamprologus meleagris is substrate-spawning shell dweller found in Lake Tanganyika in Central Congo coast south of Kalemie. This fish has a grey body with brown splotches along its flanks. The underside can also show tinges of purple and there is a touch of a blue near the mouth. The flanks are speckled with a scattering of pearly spots which gives them their common name Pearly Ocellatus. Females are slightly smaller than the males and their colors are not as intense.

There is some debate as to the actual scientific name for this speech. There is a distinct possibility that this fish is Lamprologus stappersi (Pellegrin 1927). Lamprologus stappersi was named for a South African doctor who collected the fish and died in WWI.
The fish inhabits a wide variety of biotopes. They live in flowing as well as in stagnant water bodies and appear to be fairly tolerant regarding hardness and pH.

Lamprologus meleagris is not difficult to care for, assuming you can provide suitable water quality. Because of their size ( up to 2.5 inches, females are bit smaller ) they don’t require large tanks. It is important to provide plenty of empty shells and a fine sand substrate is appreciated since they this fish loves to dig.

They will eat a large variety of foods including Flake, baby brine shrimp, frozen.

The first signs of breeding behavior in Lamprologus meleagris occur when the females begin cleaning an empty shell. During this time, the male hovers nearby making sure no other fish come close. Soon thereafter, the female will almost completely bury the shell in the sand, leaving only narrow opening.




Weight 10.7 oz
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 8 in

Adult size


Young Adults


3/4 to 1 inch size unsexed

  1. Joshua Carter (verified owner)

    High quality, healthy fish and well packaged

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