Aulonocara baenschi has a limited distribution on the eastern shore of Lake Malawi . This species is described from Nkhomo Reef which is located near Benga (Meyer & Riehl 1985; also see Oliver 1996-1999). Aulonocara baenschi occupies the intermediate zone between rocky and sandy habitats at moderate depths. The adult male coloration is similar to that of Aulonocara stuartgranti "maleri" from the Maleri Islands. However, Aulonocara baenschi differs from the Aulonocara stuartgranti "maleri" by obtaining a somewhat smaller maximum size and having a curved snout as opposed to the straighter snout in Aulonocara stuartgranti "maleri". Dr. Konings suggests Aulonocara baenschi may be associated with the "Chitande Type Aulonocara" owing to the shape of the snout and occurrence at greater depths (15-25 m).