Coptodon walteri (Thys van den Audenaerde, 1968)
Coptodon walteri
photo by RMCA

 Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
 Max. size:  27 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  benthopelagic,
 Distribution:  Africa: Cavally and Nipoué (= Cess) Rivers in Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia; also reported from the upper St. John River in Liberia (Ref. 7378, 53405).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 15-16; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-10. Diagnosis: lower pharyngeal bone about as long as broad, with anterior lamella shorter than toothed area; median pharyngeal teeth not broadened; upper part of caudal fin yellow-orange, lower part greyish; dorsal fin with 15-16 spines and 12-14 soft rays; 9-13 lower gill-rakers (Ref. 53405). Description: outer jaw teeth bicuspid and non-spatulate, posterior pharyngeal teeth tricuspid; (Ref. 53405). Coloration: in life: juveniles: ground colour greyish with 5-6 dark cross bars and sometimes dark horizontal band; soft part of dorsal and upper part of caudal fins uniformly grey; well marked "tilapian" spot, disappearing in adults (Ref. 53405). Adults: uniformly grey, but distal area of soft part of dorsal and upper part of caudal fins orange-red; spinous dorsal fin blackish distally (Ref. 53405).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 06.03.91
 Modified by: Boden, Gert - 19.07.16
 Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 25.08.94

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