Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Lobochilotes: Latin, lobus = lobe + Greek, cheilos = lip (Ref. 45335). More on author: Boulenger.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.5 - 8.5; dH range: 13 - 17. Tropical; 24°C - 27°C (Ref. 1672); 3°S - 9°S
Africa: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it is widely distributed.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 36.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5661)
One of the largest cichlids in the lake. Usually observed near rocks, but suspected to roam the sunken sand plains in search of bivalve mollusks, crabs, and other invertebrates (Ref. 6770), often in aggregation (Ref. 86760). Females brood their young in the mouth (Ref. 86760).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Larvae of up to 2.03 cm TL are mouthbrooded by female parents 14.8 to 19.0 cm SL long (Ref. 86760).
Maréchal, C. and M. Poll, 1991. Lobochilotes. p. 248-249. 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. 5661)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00696 - 0.03143), 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
): 3.3 ±0.2 se; based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .