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Microchromis aurifrons  Tawil, 2011

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Actinopterygii (Strahlenflosser) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Microchromis: Greek, mikros = small + see under Chromis;  aurifrons: From latin auri=gold and frons=brown, in reference to frontal coloration in males. This name is preferred to the widely used "Mbamba" - given as an informal name by Ribbink et al. (1983) -, because it refers to Mbamba Islet, near Likoma Island on the central eastern coast, far from that of the type material, which comes from the northwestern coast. Specimens from Mbamba Islet may prove later to represent a different subspecies, then the name "Mbamba" would remain available (Ref. 88848).

Lebensraum / Klimazone / Range Ökologie

; süßwasser pelagisch.   Tropical, preferred ?

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Africa: endemic to Lake Malawi (Ref. 88848).

Size / Gewicht / Alter

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.3 cm SL Männchen/unbestimmt; (Ref. 88848)

Kurzbeschreibung Morphologie | Morphometrie

This species of Microchromis is characterized by a blue-white pattern with dark vertical bars on body, enhanced in dominant specimens, where these bars almost hide the underlying colour; bars sometimes slightly extending onto dorsal fin (Ref. 88848). It is similar to the Maylandia zebra species group, from wchich it differs mainly by dentition: teeth on outer rows short and conical, regularly decreasing in size from symphysis to corner, vs bicuspid in Pseudotropheus (Ref. 88848). It differs from Microchromis zebroides by its heavily black pattern and melanic pattern not extending onto brow, which shows a brilliant blue to yellow hue, according to the locality; dorsal fin yellow, with black submarginal band and whitish marginal band (Ref. 88848).

Biologie     Fachlexikon (Englisch) (z.B. epibenthic)

Life cycle and mating behavior Geschlechtsreife | Fortpflanzung | Ablaichen | Eier | Fecundity | Larven

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Tawil, P., 2011. Description of a new cichlid species from Lake Malawi, with reexamination of Cynotilapia afra (Günther, 1893) and Microchromis zebroides Johnson, 1975. Cybium 35(3):201-211. (Ref. 88848)

IUCN Rote Liste Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Bedrohung für Menschen

  Harmless




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