Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Chalinochromis: Greek, chalina = bit, bridle + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335). More on author: Poll.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 8.0 - 9.0; dH range: 9 - 19. Tropical; 24°C - 27°C (Ref. 2060), preferred ?; 3°S - 9°S
Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika, lake-wide distribution (Ref. 5610, 95611).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5610)
Rubble-dweller; builds nest on the rubble; feeds on invertebrates growing on the rocks which are hidden by the biocover (Ref. 6770). Associated with rocky habitat and unlike C. cyanophleps it is not very shy (Ref. 95611).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Maximum number of eggs is 120. Cave brooder (Ref. 2060).
Maréchal, C. and M. Poll, 1991. Chalinochromis. p. 38-39. 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. 5610)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: ; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [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 ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec<1000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .