Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Lamprologus: Greek, lampros = light + Greek, lagos = hare (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.4 - 8.4; dH range: 7 - 30; depth range 3 - 60 m, usually 5 - 40 m (Ref. 52467). Tropical; 23°C - 27°C (Ref. 12468)
Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika, currently only known from the southwestern part of the lake in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 46829, 93961).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12468)
Shell-brooding cichlid found in low-density shell areas; greedy eater, feeding mainly on insect larvae (Ref. 46829). Lives on sandy bottom with snail shells wich are burried in the sand and used as shelter and for depositing the eggs (Ref. 52467). Found between 5 m and 40 m deep (Ref. 93961).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Eggs are deposited in the snail shell that is inhabited by the female. The female guards and ventilates the eggs. Larve emerge after about 10 days and wander between the shells of their parents (Ref. 52467).
Konings, A., 1998. Tanganyika cichlids in their natural habitat. Cichlid Press. 272 p. (Ref. 46829)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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=0.01445 (0.00674 - 0.03099), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tm<1).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .