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Xenotilapia rotundiventralis  (Takahashi, Yanagisawa & Nakaya, 1997)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Xenotilapia: Greek, xenos = strange + Bechuana, African native thiape = fish (Ref. 45335);  rotundiventralis: rotundiventralis is derived from the Latin rotundus for round and ventralis for pelvic, in reference to its rounded distal margin of pelvic fin.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; depth range 9 - 11 m (Ref. 26454).   Tropical; 24°C - 28°C (Ref. 12468), preferred ?

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Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika, present in the southern and southeastern part of the lake (Ref. 46829).

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26454)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in shallow, intermediate habitats where the bottom is mainly sand with some rocks (Ref. 46829). Forms slow-moving schools (Ref. 26454) of sometimes more than 1.000 individuals (Ref. 26454, 46829). Feed exclusively on zooplankton (Ref. 26454, 46829) and pick out individual organisms with their rather protractible mouths (Ref. 46829). Parental mouthbrooding is very common by both male and female adults; the young, of about 6 mm SL, are solely mouthbrooded by females; young which had become separated from the parent are found with other cichlid broods e.g. Lepidiolamprologus elongatus and Perissodus microlepis (Ref. 26454).

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Takahashi, T., Y. Yanagisawa and K. Nakaya, 1997. Microdontochromis rotundiventralis, a new cichlid fish (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from Lake Tanganyika. Ichthyol. Res. 44(2):109-117. (Ref. 26454)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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