Labidochromis shiranus, photo by Ad Konings

Above: A male Labidochromis shiranus from Nkopola, Malawi, in the southeast arm of the lake, as photographed by Ad Konings; photo used with his kind permission. This species can be recognized by its long, rather pointed snout, together with its coloration.

Labidochromis shiranus, photo from Ribbink et al. (1983)

Above: Labidochromis shiranus (66 mm SL) from Nkudzi Point, southeast arm of Lake Malawi; (inset at right): left premaxilla and anterior outer row tooth of L. shiranus (drawings by Elizabeth M. Tarr). From Fig. 13 of Ribbink et al., 1983; reproduced by permission of the Zoological Society of Southern Africa.

Labidochromis shiranus, drawing from Lewis (1982) Right: The holotype of L. shiranus (a male, 68.0 mm SL; BMNH 1981.1.9: 33), from off the Muona Inn, southeast arm, L. Malawi. Drawing from Lewis (1982).  


Below: L. shiranus, dentition. This drawing, from Trewavas (1935), is of a paralectotype (BMNH 1935.6.14:335) of L. vellicans that Lewis (1982) "believed to belong to this species [L. shiranus]." Lewis did not, however, include this specimen among the type specimens of his new species (the specimen was not available for him to examine at the time Lewis was preparing his revision of Labidochromis).

Labidochromis shiranus, drawing from Trewavas (1935)



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