Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Sciaenochromis: Greek, skiaina, skion = a fish, red mullet + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); fryeri: Named after Dr. Geoffrey Fryer, former Fisheries Research Officer of the Joint Fisheries Research Organization in Nkhata Bay, who systematically observed the fishes of Lake Malawi in their natural habitat (Ref. 40899).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range 10 - 40 m (Ref. 40899). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40899)
Africa: throughout Lake Malawi, including Taiwan Reef, Chinyankwazi and Chinyamwezi Islands.
Inhabits rocky coasts of Lake Malawi (Ref. 40899). Feeds on fishes (Ref. 40899).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Konings, A., 1993. Malawian cichlids: a revision of the genus Sciaenochromis Eccles & Trewavas, 1989 (Pisces, Cichlidae). The Cichlids Yearbook 3:28-36. (Ref. 40899)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01514 (0.00703 - 0.03260), b=2.97 (2.79 - 3.15), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.73 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 (15 of 100) .