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: Maylandia: In honour of Hans J. Mayland, German ictiologist (Ref. 45335); midomo: The name midomo, from Swahili, means lips to note the enlarged lips (Ref. 93436).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical, preferred ?
Africa: Lake Malawi (Ref. 93436).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93436)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 17 - 18;
soft rays: 7 - 8. Diagnosis: The presence of bicuspid teeth in the anterior portion of the outer row on both the upper and lower jaws and a moderately-sloped ethmo-vomerine block with a swollen rostral tip place this species in Maylandia (Ref. 93436). The blue ground colour with distinct black bars, absence of dark pigmentation on a light blue dorsal fin distinguishes Maylandia midomo from all other members of the genus except for M. xanstomachus, M. hajomaylandi, M. fainzilberi and M. zebra (Ref. 93436). The bright yellow throat of male M. xanstomachus and of some M. fainzilberi, and the orange/yellow head, throat, and chest of male M. hajomaylandi distinguish these species from M. midomo. Maylandia midomo is distinguished from M. fainzilberi and M. zebra by the number of tooth rows in the lower jaw: 7-11 in M. midomo vs. 3-5 in M. zebra and 3-6 in M. fainzilberi (Ref. 93436). The presence of bicuspid teeth on the outer rows of the oral jaws distinguishes M. midomo from members of Petrotilapia to which it has a striking resemblance (Ref. 93436).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Stauffer, J.R., K. Black and A.F. Konings, 2013. Descriptions of five new species of Metriaclima (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Mala?i, Africa. Zootaxa 3647(1):101-136. (Ref. 93436)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.5 ±0.2 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 (14 of 100) .