Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Cyprichromis: Latin, cyprinus = carp + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); zonatus: From the Latin zonatus meaning band, in reference to the vertical bands on the dorsal half of the body of males (Ref. 46826).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range 9 - 30 m (Ref. 46826), usually ? - 20 m (Ref. 46828). Tropical, preferred ?
Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika, known from the Zambian coastline (Ref. 46826, 46829, 50901).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 46826); 8.1 cm SL (female)
(total): 13 - 15;
soft rays: 11 - 13;
Vertebrae: 36 - 38. Characterized by 3-4 distinct vertical bands on the body, which are absent or very indistinct in the other Cyprichromis species. Color: males with a yellowish body, bluish or slightly darkly tinted dorsally, 3-4 broad vertical bands on dorsal half of body beneath dorsal fin base, anteriormost one less distinct than the others, several yellow lines along longitudinal scale rows on ventral half of body, dorsal fin bluish, anal fin yellowish with blue tint, pelvic fin dark gray with yellow tip, caudal fin dark gray with bluish posterior and dorsal and ventral margins; females indistinct vertical bands on body, dull fin coloration and no yellow tip on pelvic fin (Ref. 46826).
Found 1-5 m above rocky bottoms; forms schools consisting of females and sub-adult males (often joining other schools of related species); mature males keeping a territory above a large rock or boulder in areas 15-25 m depth; mouthbrooder (Ref. 46826).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Takahashi, T., M. Hori and K. Nakaya, 2002. New species of Cyprichromis (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from Lake Tanganyika, Africa. Copeia 2002(4):1029-1036. (Ref. 46826)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00693 - 0.03157), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 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 (12 of 100) .