Pharyngochromis acuticeps (Steindachner, 1866)
Zambezi bream
Pharyngochromis acuticeps
photo by Gratwicke, B.

Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  12 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic,
Distribution:  Africa: Zambezi River system in Zambia and Zimbabwe (Ref. 4983, 47334, 97232), the Save-Runde system (Ref. 47334), the Okavango River (Ref. 47334), Quanza River (Ref. 47334). The types of the species are from an unknown locality in Angola (Ref. 4983, 47334).
Diagnosis:  Description: moderately deep-bodied; head and mouth large; frontal profile straight to slightly rounded, sometimes with a small interruption at eye level; caudal fin rounded to subtruncate (Ref. 52307). Coloration: body brown in both sexes, sometimes with dark vertical bars; centers of body scales reddish; iridescent greenish flush often visible in lower body parts, especially in males; in males, posterior portion of dorsal fin, along with anterior portion of caudal fin, with some reddish to brownish dots; additionally, males with several orange-outlined, yellow egg spots in anal fin (Ref. 52307).
Biology:  Very adaptive, found across varying habitats; agamous, ovophilic, maternal mouthbrooder (Ref. 52307).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 March 2007 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Teugels, Guy - 16.12.92
Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 19.02.18
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.03.94

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