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Copadichromis trewavasae  Konings, 1999

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Copadichromis: Greek, kopas, -ados = carved + Chromis, see;  trewavasae: Named in honor of Dr. Ethelwynn Trewavas, for her life-long work on Malawi cichlids (Ref. 47113).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 10 - 30 m (Ref. 47113), usually 15 - 25 m (Ref. 57549).   Tropical

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Africa: Endemic to Lake Malawi, occurring around Likoma and Chizumulu islands, at Cobwe and between Makonde and Manda.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 47113); 8.3 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 15 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. Diagnosis: 3 distinct spots on flank (Ref. 47113, 57549). Supra-pectoral spot about 1.5 times supra-anal spot and in contact with the upper lateral line; supra-anal spot separate from upper lateral line; no narrow black submarginal band in dorsal fin (Ref. 57549). Male breeding coloration: black ventral body and blue to white blaze on dorsum above lateral line (Ref. 47113, 57549), until posterior end of dorsal fin and continuing onto upper margin of caudal fin (Ref. 57549). 15-18 gill-rakers; 27 dorsal rays in total; caudal peduncle length 5.9 times in SL; caudal peduncle depth 8.1 times in SL (Ref. 47113). Female C. trewavasae cannot be reliably distinguished from those of C. verduyni (ref. 57549).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits the sand/rock interface (Ref. 47113, 57549) where sand and rocks are found in almost equal proportions (Ref. 47113). Territorial males construct a bower next to a rock, under which spawning takes place; females normally occur in small groups rarely numbering more than 10 individuals and remain close to the bottom (Ref. 57549). Mouthbrooding females remain closer to the bottom than foraging females and sometimes form small groups (Ref. 47113). Both males and females feed on plankton in the water column near the bottom and on benthic invertebrates (Ref. 57549).

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Konings, A., 1999. Descriptions of three new Copadichromis species (Labroidei; Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa. Trop. Fish Hobbyist 47(9):62-84. (Ref. 47113)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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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=0.01514 (0.00709 - 0.03231), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), in cm Total Length, 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 (15 of 100) .