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Lobochilotes labiatus  (Boulenger, 1898)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Lobochilotes: Latin, lobus = lobe + Greek, cheilos = lip (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.5 - 8.5; dH range: 13 - 17.   Tropical; 24°C - 27°C (Ref. 1672); 3°S - 9°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 36.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5661)

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Africa: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it is widely distributed.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

One of the largest cichlids in the lake. Usually observed near rocks, but suspected to roam the sunken sand plains in search of bivalve mollusks, crabs, and other invertebrates (Ref. 6770), often in aggregation (Ref. 86760). Females brood their young in the mouth (Ref. 86760).

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Larvae of up to 2.03 cm TL are mouthbrooded by female parents 14.8 to 19.0 cm SL long (Ref. 86760).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Kullander, Sven O. | Collaborators

Maréchal, C. and M. Poll, 1991. Lobochilotes. p. 248-249. 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. (Ref. 5661)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01514 (0.00709 - 0.03231), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.2 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .