Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Alticorpus: Latin, altus = nutritious + Latin, corpus = body (Ref. 45335); profundicola: From the latin "profundus" = deep and "incola" or "-cola" when used in compound names = resident, inhabitant; referring to the presence of this species in deeper water (Ref. 55908).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 55 - 125 m (Ref. 5595). Tropical; 12°S - 13°S
Africa: endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs off Nkota Kota.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5594)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 14 - 15;
soft rays: 8 - 9. Diagnosis: 14-16 gill-rakers on the lower part of the first gill arch (Ref. 27611, 55908). Head relatively large, its length 37.4-38.2% of standard length, but head width relatively small, 39.2-40.4% head length; fins placed relatively posterior on the body, with preanal length 65.8-67.0% of standard length; premaxillary pedicel small, its length 19.8-20.0% head length (Ref. 55908).
Irregularly caught between 55 and 125 m depth (Ref. 5595), but found up to 159m (type material) (Ref. 55908).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Maréchal, C., 1991. Alticorpus. p. 2-3. In J. Daget, J.P. Gosse, G.G. Teugels and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 4. (Ref. 5594)
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
): 2.8 ±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 (16 of 100) .