The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa

Abstract of Publication

Stauffer, J.R., Jr. 1993. A new species of Protomelas (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 4 (4): 343-350.  

Protomelas dejunctus, new species, is described from Chinyankwazi and Chinyamwezi islands, located in the southeast arm of Lake Malawi. The new species is morphologically similar to P. fenestratus and P. taeniolatus, but sheared principal component analysis of the morphometric data and principal component analysis of the meristic data clearly separate these species. The new species can be distinguished from P. fenestratus and P. taeniolatus by the greater number of gill rakers on the first gill [sic], its greater head depth, the intense blue coloration of breeding males, and the presence of tricuspid teeth in its outer row of the lower jaw.




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