Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Diplotaxodon: Greek, diploos = twice + Greek, taxis = disposition + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 50 - 148 m (Ref. 55949). Tropical, preferred ?; 14°S - 15°S
Africa: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs south of Mumbo Island and Cape Maclear.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 24.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55949)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10 - 11. Diagnosis: laterally compressed body; hugh, upwardly directed mouth; eye relatively small; largest known member of the genus (Ref. 55949).
Found in reef and shelf zones; feeds on small cichlids (Ref. 55949)
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Turner, G.F., R.L. Robinson, P.W. Shaw and G.R. Carvalho, 2004. Identification and biology of Diplotaxodon, Rhamphochromis and Pallidochromis. p.198-251. In Snoeks, J. (ed.) The cichlid diversity of Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa: identification, distribution and taxonomy. Cichlid Press, El Paso, USA, 360p. (Ref. 55949)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.73 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (31 of 100) .