Oreochromis salinicola (Poll, 1948)
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Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  9.6 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Africa: known only from Mwashia (also spelt Moa Chia, Mwashya), a region of saline springs near the Lufira River below the barrage lake at Mwadingusha (upper Congo River basin), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 2).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 15-17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-13; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-9; Vertebrae: 30. Body depth not more than 38.5 % SL; interorbital region narrower and the lower jaw longer than in O. macrochir. Length of pharyngeal bone 35.8% head length in a fish of SL 59 mm. 8-10 dark vertical bars on upper flank; 3 mid-lateral blotches and, in some, 1 at the end of the caudal peduncle. Outer edge of pelvic fin dark. Scales on cheek in 2 rows.
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 16 February 2009 (D2) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 20.12.90
Modified by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 31.08.94
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 31.08.94

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