Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
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
Freshwater; demersal; depth range 18 - 45 m (Ref. 41276). Tropical
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)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 16 - 17;
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).
Inhabits shallow, sandy shores; in shallower part of range it is the most abundant species; feeds on cladocerans, copepods and algae (Ref. 41276).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 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).