Above: The large predator Nimbochromis fuscotaeniatus,
Ad Konings at Kande Island, Malawi; used with his kind permission.
Although Eccles & Trewavas (1989)
classified this species in their genus Nimbochromis along with
"blotched" species such as
N. livingstonii, and
a cladistic analysis by Oliver (1984)
which Eccles and Trewavas cited
had cast considerable doubt on the idea that fuscotaeniatus is
related to that group because the color pattern of this species appears
derived from horizontal stripes rather than vertical bars as in
Oliver suspects that Konings
(1995: 237) will prove to be correct in suggesting that
N. fuscotaeniatus belongs in the genus Tyrannochromis
with such species as T. polyodon.
That relationship would also explain why N. fuscotaeniatus has
never been observed to lie on its side as other Nimbochromis
species do (Konings, 1995). Below: A drawing of
the holotype of N. fuscotaeniatus (BMNH 1921.9.6:129), from
Regan (1922: fig. 12).
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