Lethrinops christyi, male, photo copyright © by G. F. Turner

Lethrinops christyi Trewavas
Text & photo by Guest Author: Prof. George F. Turner, Bangor University, UK
This is another of the many Lethrinops species caught in bottom trawl catches in the southern parts of Lake Malawi. It has a very pointed snout, and a small terminal mouth. Placidochromis polli (formerly considered a Lethrinops species) is similar, but more slender. Ripe males are blue-grey, with 8 prominent dark vertical bars, with dark blue heads and fins. The species reaches a maximum size of about 18 cm (7 inches) TL (total length). Stomach contents were found to contain chironomid larvae. The species is often caught at depths of 18-35m (60-115 feet) in the southern arms of the lake.


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