Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Copadichromis: Greek, kopas, -ados = carved + Chromis, see.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.3 - 8.3; dH range: 5 - 30. Tropical; 24°C - 27°C (Ref. 12468), preferred ?; 13°S - 14°S
Africa: Endemic to Lake Malawi, occurring along the eastern shores between Chimwalani Reef and Gome Village.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4979)
Diagnosis: 3 lateral spots on body; supra-pectoral spot about 1.5 times supra-anal spot; supra-pectoral spot in contact with upper lateral line; supra-anal spot separate from upper lateral line; no narrow black submarginal band in dorsal fin; breeding males with yellow breast, wide yellow marginal band in anal fin and white margin in dorsal fin; female C. verduyni cannot reliably be distinguished from those of C. trewavasae (Ref. 57549).
Lives in the sand/rock interface; among congeners, this species defends the least-visible spawning sites; most males defend spawning sites at depths of 9-15m; females and non-territorial males feed from the plankton in the water colmun 1-3m off the bottom and on benthic invertebrates (Ref. 57549).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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. 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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00696 - 0.03143), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), 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) .