Our first victi…errr…interviewee is Malawi cichlid expert Dr. Michael K. Oliver, who recently described a new species, Hemitaeniochromis brachyrhynchus, from the lake which is intriguing in that no-one knows how it looks when alive with only two preserved specimens known.
Michael has a long-standing interest in the cichlids of Malawi and both his Masters and Ph.D. research concerned the systematics of African cichlids. He’s made a number of trips to the lake, diving alongside the fish and collecting specimens for scientific research, and has described some notable species including the rusty cichlid, Iodotropheus sprengerae, and sulphur-headed hap, Otopharynx lithobates.
Lake Malawi is one of the largest and most biodiverse lake systems in the world with over 1000 species of endemic cichlid described to date, many of which are popular aquarium fishes.
What would you like to ask Michael? Leave your question in the comments section below, on our Facebook page, or Tweet us @seriouslyfish by 12.00 pm next Monday the 5th November. The best questions, and Michael’s answers, will be included in the full interview.