Tropheops tropheops  (Regan, 1922)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 8.0 - 8.5; dH range: 10 - 20.   Tropical; 24°C - 26°C (Ref. 13371); 13°S - 15°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5595)

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Africa: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Recorded from Maleri Islands to Chinyamwezi Rocks (Ref. 5595).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs throughout the rocky habitat. In other places, it is mostly found in the sediment-free zone. Typical feeding position is at an angle of about 45° with the horizontal substrate. Nibbles, tears, and wrenches tightly attached algae from the substrate. May feed exclusively on plankton if it is abundant (Ref. 5595).

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Konings, A., 2007. Malawi cichlids in their natural habitat. 4th edition. Cichlid Press, El Paso, USA. 424p. (Ref. 79521)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

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 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00397 - 0.02640), b=2.99 (2.75 - 3.23), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.0   ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.