Sarotherodon tournieri (Daget, 1965)
Sarotherodon tournieri
photo by RMCA

 Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
 Max. size:  17.9 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal
 Distribution:  Africa: Cavally River in Ivory Coast and River Cess (or Nuon) and Saint John in Liberia. Previously, two subspecies were recognized: Sarotherodon tournieri liberiensis and Sarotherodon tournieri tournieri. Known only from the River Cess (or NipouĂ©) in Liberia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 15-16; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 10-11; Vertebrae: 28. Diagnosis: body depth 44.9-54.1% SL; caudal peduncle short and deep, its length 0.5-0.6 times in its depth (Ref. 53405). 3 scale rows on cheek (Ref. 2). No black spots (Ref. 53405). 8-9 faint vertical bars behind dark nape on body (Ref. 2, 53405). Dorsal fin with grey lappets and large, round, clear spots in dark reticulum; anal fin similarly marked; caudal fin with small, dark rectangular spots, either irregularly arranged or in curved rows (Ref. 2). Description: 30-65 teeth in outer row of upper jaw; outer jaw teeth bicuspid, inner jaw teeth tricuspid, posterior teeth on pharyngeal jaw bicuspid; anterior part of pharyngeal bone longer than toothed part; micro-gillrakers present; scales cycloid (Ref. 53405). Coloration: Preserved specimens: greyish, darker on top of head and back, white on belly; black band below lower lip; pectoral fins transparent, other fins grey; dorsal, anal and caudal fins with several transparent or white spots on membrane between spines and soft rays, these spots sometimes forming dark vertical lines on dorsal and caudal fins; young specimens with fewer spots on fins and posterior part of caudal fin darker (Ref. 53405).
 Biology: 
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 14.12.90
 Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 04.02.13
 Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 25.08.94

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