Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Chilotilapia: Greek, cheilos = lip + Bechuana, African native thiape = fish (Ref. 45335). More on author: Boulenger.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 12°S - 15°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 22.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5615)
Africa: endemic to southern Lake Malawi.
Occurs over muddy bottoms in shallow as well as in deep waters and feeds mainly on snails, preferably of the genera Melanoides and Lanistes (Ref. 5595).
Maréchal, C., 1991. Chilotilapia. p. 46. 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
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01450 (0.00585 - 0.03592), b=3.03 (2.82 - 3.24), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.58 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 (24 of 100) .