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Copadichromis insularis  Stauffer & Konings, 2006

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Copadichromis: Greek, kopas, -ados = carved + Chromis, see;  insularis: Named from the Latin insularis (adjective), meaning of islands, in reference to the fact that the known populations all occur at islands.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 13 - 18 m (Ref. 57549).   Tropical

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Africa: Maleri, Chinyankwazi and Chinyamwezi islands in Lake Malawi, Malawi (Ref. 57549).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57549)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 15 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. Diagnosis: 3 lateral spots on body; supra-pectoral spot in contact with upper lateral line; supra-pectoral spot about 1.5 times supra-anal spot; supra-anal spot in contact with upper lateral line; breeding males with wide yellow marginal band in anal fin, blue breast, no black submarginal band in dorsal fin and white margin of dorsal fin (Ref. 57549).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in sand/rock interface and over sandy patches around the islands, between 13 and 18m; territorial males build spawning bowl from beneath flat rocks; spawning occurs underneath the rock; females and non-territorial males occur in small groups (up to 10 individuals) and feed on plankton in the water column 1-3 m above the bottom (Ref. 57549).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Kullander, Sven O. | Collaborators

Stauffer, J.R. and A.F. Konings, 2006. Review of Copadichromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae) with the description of a new genus and six new species. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 17(1):9-42. (Ref. 57549)

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 (15 of 100) .