Alticorpus macrocleithrum  (Stauffer & McKaye, 1985)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Alticorpus: Latin, altus = nutritious + Latin, corpus = body (Ref. 45335);  macrocleithrum: From the Greek "makros" = large, big, tall and "cleithrum" = the bony element in the shoulder girdle. In this species, the cleithrum is exceptionally large (Ref. 55908).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 30 - 150 m (Ref. 55908), usually 60 - 150 m (Ref. 55908).   Tropical; 13°S - 15°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5594)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 15 - 16; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. Diagnosis: cleithrum elongated, forming a clear prominence protruding on the chest, already visible in specimens of 53.0mm SL; sensory pores on the head greatly enlarged (Ref. 55908).

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Africa: endemic to Lake Malawi. Found at Cape Maclear and Monkey Bay.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Typical deep-water species, with an even distribution below 60m (Ref. 55908). Found in areas where the bottom consist of diatomaceous ooze (Ref. 5595) but also on sandy habitats (Ref. 55908). Food may consist of invertebrates (Ref. 5595) and perhaps small fishes (Ref. 55463).

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Maréchal, C., 1991. Alticorpus. p. 2-3. In J. Daget, J.P. Gosse, G.G. Teugels and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 4.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5312   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01860 (0.00883 - 0.03917), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (17 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.