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Cyprichromis microlepidotus  (Poll, 1956)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Cyprichromis: Latin, cyprinus = carp + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.5 - 8.5; dH range: 10 - 18.   Tropical; 23°C - 25°C (Ref. 2060); 3°S - 10°S

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Africa: endemic to the northern part of Lake Tanganyika. Specimens have been observed along the northwestern (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and the northeastern (Burundi, Tanzania) shores of Lake Tanganyika (Ref. 46829, 52921).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5625)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12 - 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 12 - 13; Vertebrae: 7 - 8

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Gregarious, occurs off a rocky slope; drifting plankton feeder but also feeds on shellfish; occurs in quiet waters (Ref. 6770). Pelagic species, occuring in deep water; copepods have been found in stomach of one specimen (Ref. 53528). Maternal mouthbrooder and typical lek-breeder (Ref. 46829).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Female mouth brooder, about 25 eggs.

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

Konings, A., 1998. Tanganyika cichlids in their natural habitat. Cichlid Press. 272 p. (Ref. 46829)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: ; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5312   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.48 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 vulnerability (13 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.