Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Alticorpus: Latin, altus = nutritious + Latin, corpus = body (Ref. 45335); geoffreyi: Named after Geoffrey Fryer, who worked on several aspects of the fishes of Lake Malawi, but is most renown for his pioneering work on the rock-dwelling communities (Ref. 55908).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 18 - 150 m (Ref. 55908). Tropical
Africa: endemic to Lake Malawi, widely distributed (Ref. 55463).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55908)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 15 - 17;
soft rays: 9 - 10. Diagnosis: no protuberance on the chest; low number of gill-rakers; pores on the head, and infra-orbital bones larger than in A. mentale; lower jaw 38.5-46.1 (mean 41.5) percent of head length (Ref. 55908).
Deep-living species; fairly equally distributed below a depth of 60 m (Ref. 55908).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Snoeks, J. and R. Walapa, 2004. The genus Alticorpus Stauffer & McKaye, 1988. p. 27-56. In J. Snoeks (ed.) The cichlid diversity of Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa: identification, distribution and taxonomy. Cichlid Press, El Paso, USA. (Ref. 55908)
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
= 0.5312 [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
): 2.7 ±0.2 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 vulnerability (22 of 100) .