Sarotherodon mvogoi (Thys van den Audenaerde, 1965)
Sarotherodon mvogoi
photo by RMCA

 Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
 Max. size:  20.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal
 Distribution:  Africa: upper Dja (middle Congo River basin) and rivers Nyong and Ntem in Cameroon, and Ivindo system in Gabon (Ref. 2, 81260).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 14-16; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-10. Diagnosis: 20-24 rakers on lower limb of first arch; length of lower pharyngeal jaw < 43.5% of head length; 27-30 scales in lateral line; head length 33.6-39.5% of standard length; total dorsal rays (including spines) 24-27 (Ref. 81260). Color in life is silver-grey, darker on back, whitish below with a series of pink spots along flank, one to each scale; genital papilla small and leaf-shaped in male, truncate in female; tips of dorsal soft rays reaching vertical of 0.25 to 0.75 length of caudal, anal not quite so far; pelvic extremity reaching vent or nearly (Ref. 2). Description: head length 33.6-39.5% SL; lower pharyngeal jaw with unicuspid anterior teeth and larger straight posterior teeth; ventral keel very elongate, longer than dentigerous plate; 2-6 rows of teeth in oral jaws, outer row teeth bicuspid (Ref. 81260). Coloration: silvery grey, darker dorsally and pale to white ventrally; body scales with central clear spot, tinted pale pink; scale spots sometimes forming longitudinal rosy lines; upper part of head, snout and upper lip smoky grey; lower lip, half of cheek, chin and chest whitish; dorsal, anal and caudal fins uniform grey; pelvics whitish to transparent, pectoral fins transparent (Ref. 81260).
 Biology:  Lacks marked sexual dichromatism when sexually active; forms temporary pair bonds (Ref. 81260).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 14.12.90
 Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 14.03.11
 Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 31.08.94

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