Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Cyphotilapia: Greek, kyphos = curved, humpback + Bechuana, African native thiape = fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 34 - 34 m (Ref. 58018). Tropical, preferred ?
Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika, known from the coastal region of the southern half of the lake (Ref. 52029).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 52029)
Diagnosis: three scale rows between upper and lower lateral lines; 34-36 scales on longitudinal line; 31-52 outer teeth on upper jaw; body heigth 43.3-51.2% SL; predorsal 37.5-44.9% SL; length of dorsal fin base 57.1-64.6% SL; pectoral fin length 36.0-47.2% SL (Ref. 52029).
Type specimen was caught at a depth of 34 m (Ref. 52029). Cyphotilapia species are known to occur in big schools in the 30 to 40 meter layer or even deeper (Ref. 6770).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Takahashi, T. and K. Nakaya, 2003. New species of Cyphotilapia (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from Lake Tanganyika, Africa. Copeia 2003(4):824-832. (Ref. 52029)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00693 - 0.03157), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 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 to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .