The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa

Abstract of Publication

Ngatunga, B.P., and J. Snoeks. 2003. Lethrinops turneri, a new shallow-water haplochromine cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from the Lake Malawi basin. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 14 (2): 127-136.  

Lethrinops turneri, new species, is described from the southern part of Lake Malawi/Nyasa and Lake Malombe. It belongs to a group of Lethrinops species found in shallow water and characterised by a small adult size, a short snout and a small mouth. Within this group, it is most similar to L. microstoma, immature L. macrochir, and L. auritus. It is recognised primarily by the colour pattern of the sexually mature territorial males, which have silvery flanks with orange iridescence, 8-9 vertical bars below the dorsal fin and a distinctive orange-brown colour on the dorsal parts of the head. Morphometric and merisitic investigations using principal component analysis and non-parametric tests revealed further morphological characters that can also be used to distinguish female and immature male individuals of L. turneri.




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