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Copadichromis atripinnis  Stauffer & Sato, 2002

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Copadichromis: Greek, kopas, -ados = carved + Chromis, see;  atripinnis: Named for the solid black pigmentation of the pelvic fin.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic; depth range 12 - 25 m (Ref. 42940).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Africa: Endemic to Lake Malawi, occurring along the rocky shores of Nankumba Peninsula and along those shores between the Masinje River and Gome Village.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 42940)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 14 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 8 - 10. Diagnosis: 3 lateral spots on the body (Ref. 57549). Supra-pectoral spot about 1-1.5 times the supra-anal spot (Ref. 57549) and overlapping upper lateral line (Ref. 42940). Supra-anal spot present (Ref. 42940, 57549). Spots in the rayed portion of dorsal fin yellow; anal fin black (Ref. 42940). Breeding males with wide yellow marginal band in anal fin (Ref. 42940, 57549), blue breast and a narrow black submarginal band in the dorsal fin (Ref. 57549). Caudal fin membrane yellow, in breeding males with broad bands; pectoral fin completely black; dorsal fin base length 56.3-62.45% SL; 14-20 gill rakers on the ceratobranchial (Ref. 42940).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits the sand/rock interface; territorial males construct bowers on sand slopes near rocky areas with distances between bowers approximately 2-7m; females gather in large schools, sometimes numbering more than a hundred individuals; foraging schools are about 2-3m off the bottom and feed on plankton in the water column and on benthic invertebrates; mouthbrooding females are found close to the bottom (Ref. 57549).

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Builds bowers on a sand slope near rocky area at depth of 16-25 m. Bowers are circular or oval in shape with slight depression on the center and a surrounding sand mound. These contain a stone usually at the deeper margin of the sand mound. The depression is usually deepest near the stone and spawning takes place at this deepest part.

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Kullander, Sven O. | Collaborators

Stauffer, J.R. Jr. and T. Sato, 2002. A new species of Copadichromis (Cichlidae) from Thumbi West Island, Lake Malawi. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 13(1):91-95. (Ref. 42940)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00693 - 0.03157), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .