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Chromidotilapia mrac  Lamboj, 2002

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Chromidotilapia: Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch + Bechuana, African native thiape = fish (Ref. 45335);  mrac: Named after MRAC, the abbreviation for Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium, one of the most important institutions working on African fishes (Ref. 47112).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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Africa: Ogooue and Nyanga basins, and coastal regions north of Libreville, Gabon (Ref. 81260).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 47112)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13 - 15; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9; Vertebrae: 24 - 27. Diagnosis: 12-16 rakers on first gill arch; 2 large rounded to slightly elongated spots on flanks usually visible, sometimes with 1-2 small dark spots between the large ones; 2-3 rows of teeth in both jaws; lachrymal depth less than 18.2% SL (Ref. 81260). Pattern of dark blotches on body (Ref. 47112).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Monogamous (Ref. 47112), pair bounding female larvophilic mouth brooder, which spawns in caves (Ref. 47112, 81260).

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Chromidotilapia mrac is a monogamous, pair bounding female larvophilic mouthbrooder, which spawns in caves (Ref. 47112). Eggs are incubated by the female alone for 3 days, after hatching the larvae are carried by the female for 9-10 days in the buccal cavity (Ref. 47112). When free swimming the juveniles are protected by the adults for a duration of about 4-5 weeks (Ref. 47112).

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Lamboj, A., 2002. Chromidotilapia mrac, a new species of Cichlidae (Teleostei: Perciformes) from Gabon. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 13(3):251-256. (Ref. 47112)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5005   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01514 (0.00709 - 0.03231), 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   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .