Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Oreochromis: Latin, aurum = gold + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335). More on author: Sauvage.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: present in the basins of the Ogooué, Nyanga, Kouilou-Niari and Chiloango, Gabon to Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 2, 81260). Reports from Gambia and Senegal (Ref. 3538) and Guinea (4517) are doubtful and need confirmation (see Ref. 2, 81260). Also reported from the Cuanza (Angolan coastal) and the southern Congo River basin in Angola (Ref. 120641) but considered a Lower Guinea endemic in Ref. 81260; needs confirmation.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2)
(total): 14 - 16;
soft rays: 9 - 11;
Vertebrae: 27 - 29. Diagnosis: scales of cheek in 2 or usually 3 horizontal rows; in mature males preorbital bone and jaws enlarged; upper profile of head often concave; outermost teeth bicuspid, and inner tricuspid in immature fishes and females, all becoming unicuspids in males; male genital papilla spade-shaped; margins of dorsal and caudal fins red in mature males (Ref. 2).
Occasionally territorial; stomachs contained algae, mainly unicellular or in short filaments (Ref. 2). Arena-spawning, exclusively maternal mouthbrooder with marked sexual dichromatism when sexually active (Ref. 81260).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nests are made on sandy or loamy bottoms in water 40-80 cm deep, or more sparsely in depths of a meter or more; they are circular basins with a diameter of 115-185 cm, about 20 cm deep in the middle with a rim raised 7-8 cm above the surrounding level; spawning occurs at night, the fishes seeking deeper waters during the day to avoid high temperatures and intense illumination (Ref. 2). Reproduction is seasonal, usually taking place during the dry seasons from June to September and in February; can reach maturity at a size of 15 cm; breeding behavior is similar to that of its congeners (e.g. O. niloticus) (Ref. 52307).
Trewavas, E., 1983. Tilapiine fishes of the genera Sarotherodon, Oreochromis and Danakilia. British Mus. Nat. Hist., London, UK. 583 p. (Ref. 2)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Aquaculture: likely future use
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01738 (0.00747 - 0.04041), b=3.03 (2.84 - 3.22), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (36 of 100) .