Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Boulengerochromis: From George Albert Boulenger (1858-1937); he revised the works of Günther about Percoidei + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic; pH range: 9.0 - ? ; dH range: 10 - ?; depth range ? - 85 m. Tropical; 24°C - 26°C (Ref. 2059), preferred ?; 3°S - 9°S
Africa: Endemic to and widely distributed in Lake Tanganyika.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 40.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 80.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 102824); max. published weight: 4.5 kg (Ref. 681)
Inhabits near-shore surface waters. Firm flesh is highly valued (Ref. 4967). Largest African cichlid (Ref. 4537).
Deposits eggs in abandoned nests of other cichlids, in between stones, or in the sand, if no nests are available (Ref. 7343).
Maréchal, C. and M. Poll, 1991. Boulengerochromis. p. 27-28. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse, G.G. Teugels and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 4. (Ref. 4976)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00696 - 0.03143), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.5 ±0.80 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.56; tm=2.5; Fec=10,000).
Prior r = 0.54, 2 SD range = 0.28 - 1.02, log(r) = -0.62, SD log(r) = 0.32, Based on: 1 K, 1 tgen, 1 Fec records
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (36 of 100) .