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: Neolamprologus: Greek, neos = new + Greek,lampros = torch + Greek, lagos = hare (Ref. 45335); chitamwebwai: Named after Deonatus Chitamwebwa, in gratitude for his excellent hospitality and assistance and because of his elongated shape and small body depth to length ratio that makes him stand out as it does with this species (Ref. 74422).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 10 - 30 m (Ref. 74422), usually 10 - 20 m (Ref. 74422). Tropical
Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika, only known from Cape Bangwe, Bangwe peninsula near Kigoma, Tanzania (Ref. 74422).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 74422)
(total): 19 - 20;
soft rays: 6 - 7;
Vertebrae: 31. Diagnosis: body depth 24.9–28.9% SL; cheek depth 16.7–24.1% HL; predorsal fin length 29.4–33.3% SL; caudal peduncle depth 11.2–12.8% SL; 8 upper and 6 lower canines; 6–9 gill rakers; cephalic pits present; 8-10 dorsal soft rays; 13 pectoral fin rays; 33–35 scales in longitudinal series; no scales on paired fins; no ctenoid scales on dorsal and anal fins; 2 scales between upper and lower lateral lines; 16 scales around caudal peduncle; markings on the dorsal and caudal fins not very pronounced; no markings on operculum; no conspicuous spots on scales; no bars on body; juveniles drab grey-brown (Ref. 74422).
Highly stenotopic, restricted to rocky habitat; occurs in exposed parts of rocky shores, with large boulders (1-2 m in diameter) on a steep slope, with some sand in between the stones, and no bivalve shell accumulations or other rubble present; presence of sand is mandatory; water with high visibility and low sedimentation rates; most common at depth between 10 and 20 m; strong site fidelity and small home range; ingests sediment and spits it out through mouth (Ref. 74422).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Verburg, P. and R. Bills, 2007. Two new cichild species Neolamprologus (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. Zootaxa 1612:25-44. (Ref. 74422)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [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 ±0.5 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 (11 of 100) .