Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Etroplinae
Etymology: Paretroplus: Name from the Greek 'para' meaning 'on the side of'; in taxonomy it is commonly used in generic names to express similarity or relatedness; in the present case it would mean 'next to Etroplus' (S.Kullander, pers.comm. 3/11).; dambabe: Dambabe (pronounced dambah bay), a Malagasy word that translates as large or big damba, in reference to the comparatively large size attained by this species relative to other members of the genus; damba is the Malagasy name that is used to refer to a number of species of Paretroplus in northwestern Madagascar, and be translates as big or large in Malagasy; specific epithet used as a noun in apposition (Ref. 117174).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: Lake Kinkony and Mahavavy Sud River in Madagascar (Ref. 78623, 117174).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 117174)
(total): 16 - 18;
soft rays: 13 - 15. Diagnosis: A member of the deep-bodied clade of Paretroplus and distinguished from congeners, in preservative, by pale yellow to golden body colouration in combination with a series of six or seven faint to barely discernable, particularly in adults, vertical, dark-olive bars on the flank, and in the possession of uniform gray or charcoal-gray unpaired fins; in life, P. dambabe is unique among congeners in the possession of a grayish to bluish-green base colouration, which is accompanied by a highly variable amount of bright red pigmentation on the flank, particularly below the upper branch of the lateral line (Ref. 78623). Paretroplus dambabe is further distinguished from P. petiti, a species with which it has been erroneously associated for decades, by overall colouration, light yellowish olive vs. dark brown; brownish spotting, reddish in life, on the flanks in preservative, particularly anteriorly and below the lateral midline; and a shallower body, 48.3-57.1% of standard length vs. 57.9% (Ref. 78623).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sparks, J.S., 2002. Paretroplus dambabe, a new cichlid fish (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from northwestern Madagascar, with a discussion on the status of P. petiti. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 115(3):546-563. (Ref. 117174)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01698 (0.00670 - 0.04303), b=2.96 (2.75 - 3.17), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .