Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Pseudosimochromis: Greek, pseudes = false + Latin, simo = to crash th nose + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.5 - 9.0; dH range: 15 - ?; depth range ? - 10 m (Ref. 6770). Tropical; 24°C - 26°C (Ref. 2059); 6°S - 9°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5683)
Africa: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika except the north end.
Solitary adults inhabit rubble areas in shallow water, most often not exceeding 10 m depth and never exceeding 10 m. Feed on the biocover (Ref. 6770). Females brood their young in the mouth (Ref. 86760).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Eggs from the cleavage phase and larvae of up to 2.22 cm TL are mouthbrooded by female parents 6.8 to 7.6 cm SL in size (Ref. 86760).
Maréchal, C. and M. Poll, 1991. Pseudosimochromis. p. 399-400. 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. 5683)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [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 in FishBase (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .