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Mylochromis chekopae Turner & Howarth, 2001

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Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes (Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Mylochromis: Greek, mylo = mill + Greek, chromis = a fish without identification, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335);  chekopae: chekopae alludes to the trawl station at Chekopa, where the type specimens were selected. A noun in the genitive case (Ref. 41276).

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; depth range 18 - 45 m (Ref. 41276). Tropical

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Africa: endemic to Lake Malawi, occurs in the southern part (Ref. 41276).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41276)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 16 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9 - 11. Having a higher number of lateral line scales (36-37 vs. 30-35) compared to other species of Mylochromis, except M. formosus, M. gracilis, M. spilostichus and M. melanonotus. Differs from M. gracilis and M. spilostichus in having a complete oblique band.; from M. ensatus and M. formosus in having a deeper body (31-38% SL vs. 26-30); and wider interorbital (22-26% HL vs. 18-21); and from M. melanonotus in having a group of enlarged blunt teeth in the center of the lower pharyngeal bone (Ref. 41259).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits shallow, sandy shores; in shallower part of range it is the most abundant species; feeds on cladocerans, copepods and algae (Ref. 41276).

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Turner, G.F. and J.D. Howarth, 2001. Description of two new species of Mylochromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 12(3):205-212. (Ref. 41276)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 22 June 2018

CITES

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00684 - 0.03200), b=2.98 (2.80 - 3.16), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.00 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.