Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Altolamprologus: Latin, altus, a, -um = well feeded + Greek lamprologeo = to speak splendidly about. Perhaps related to the proper characteristics of the fish. More on author: Poll.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 8.0 - 9.0; dH range: 9 - 19; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 23°C - 25°C (Ref. 2060); 3°S - 9°S
Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika, found in the southwestern part of the lake (Ref. 46829, 52921).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5598)
Deep and laterally very compressed body wih permits it to enter narrow cracks and shallow caves; feeds mainly on shrimps and other crustaceans; stalker which cruises through rocky habitat maintaining a distance of between 30 and 100 cm between themselves and substrate (Ref. 46829).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
The female guards the eggs, about 200 in number (Ref. 2060).
Konings, A., 1998. Tanganyika cichlids in their natural habitat. Cichlid Press. 272 p. (Ref. 46829)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: ; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01514 (0.00700 - 0.03275), 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
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec=200).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .