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Copadichromis geertsi  Konings, 1999

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Copadichromis: Greek, kopas, -ados = carved + Chromis, see;  geertsi: Named in honor of Martin Geerts, for his knowledge of the scientific aspects of cichlids (Ref. 47113).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 25 - 50 m (Ref. 47113).   Tropical

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Africa: Lake Malawi.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 47113); 11.6 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 18 - 19; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11. Depth of body 2.2-2.5 times in SL; head length 3.1-3.4 times in SL (Ref. 47113). Eye diameter 3.0-3.1 times in HL; interorbital width 3.4-3.8 times in HL; premaxillary pedicel 2.5-3.0 times in HL and depth of preorbital 5.7-6.4 times in HL (Ref. 47113). Teeth in 3 rows in upper jaw and 3 to 4 rows in lower jaw (Ref. 47113). Males have only unicuspid teeth; in females the outer row of the lower jaw is mostly bicuspid (Ref. 47113). Length of pectoral fin 2.5-2.8 times in SL (Ref. 47113). Caudal peduncle 6.9-7.4 times in SL; peduncle depth 1.0-1.1 times in its length (Ref. 47113). Scales: 34-35 scales in a longitudinal series (Ref. 47113). Two, sometimes only one, distinct spots on the flank (Ref. 47113).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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The spawning site or nest is normally constructed under and against a rock with a diameter of between 50 to 200 cm; the male excavates the sand from beneath the rock and heaps it up, building a semicircular wall around the spawning site; male spawning sites are usually at least 4 meters apart (Ref. 47113).

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Konings, A., 1999. Descriptions of three new Copadichromis species (Labroidei; Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa. Trop. Fish Hobbyist 47(9):62-84. (Ref. 47113)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01514 (0.00709 - 0.03231), b=2.97 (2.79 - 3.15), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±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 (17 of 100) .