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Diplotaxodon macrops  Turner & Stauffer, 1998

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Diplotaxodon: Greek, diploos = twice + Greek, taxis = disposition + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335);  macrops: Named for its large eyes.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 76 - 128 m (Ref. 55949).   Tropical

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Africa: Lake Malawi.

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Maturity: Lm ?, range 11 - ? cm
Max length : 12.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55949)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Diagnosis: relatively large eyes; ripe males black with white margin to dorsal fin; dorsal fin base rather long (Ref. 55949).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Abundant near the bottom over shelf habitats (Ref. 55949). Apparently a plankton feeder that preys on insect larvae, crustaceans, and diatoms (Ref. 30390).

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Turner, G.F. and J.R. Stauffer, 1998. Three new deep water cichlid fishes of the genus Diplotaxodon from Lake Malawi, with a redescription of Diplotaxodon ecclesi. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 8(3):239-252. (Ref. 30390)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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