Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Rhamphochromis: Greek, rhamphos = bill, peak + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335). More on author: Regan.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range 8 - 121 m (Ref. 55949). Tropical; 9°S - 15°S, 33°W - 36°W
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 20 - ? cm
Max length : 42.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5689)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Diagnosis: large, predatory-looking species; very large mouth and big stout teeth; eye seems very small compared to scaled area of cheek beneath; upper surface of the tip of the premaxilla often extends almost horizontally for a considerable distance when viewed in profile (Ref. 55949).
Africa: Endemic to Lake Malawi.
Found in inshore reef and shelf zones, and offshore in the pelagic zone (Ref. 55949). Few specimens were collected near rocky shores. Occurs in small groups (Ref. 5595). Piscivorous (Ref. 5595, 55949). Female mouthbrooder (Ref. 55949).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Maréchal, C., 1991. Rhamphochromis. p. 422-424. 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. 5689)
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
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01259 (0.00508 - 0.03119), b=3.03 (2.81 - 3.25), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.7 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 vulnerability (22 of 100) .