Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Tylochromis: Greek, tylos = callus + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); polylepis: Named by Boulenger (1900) presumably in reference to the species' numerous small scales and the resultant high lateral line formula (Ref. 52346).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 3°S - 9°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 43.5 cm NG male/unsexed; (Ref. 1872)
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | SELECT
scientificname = Tylochromis polylepis
LIMIT 1Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika (Ref. 5714, 52346). In the Lukuga River (Lake Tanganyika outflow), known up to Niemba (Ref. 93587).
Swamp-dweller (Ref. 6770). Juveniles are coastal and gregarious while adults wander over the sandy bottoms by themselves (Ref. 6770), in shallow inshore areas of the lake, in lagoons and river mouths (Ref. 4967). Feeds mainly on crustaceans and insects, along with some plants (Ref. 52307), but also a mollusc eater (Ref. 10616, Ref. 6316). Female carries the eggs (Ref. 1872).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Lamboj, A., 2004. The Cichlid Fishes of Western Africa. Birgit Schmettkamp Verlag, Bornheim, Germany. 255p. (Ref. 52307)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01585 (0.00688 - 0.03653), b=3.01 (2.81 - 3.21), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.44 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 to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .