The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa

Abstract of Publication

Stauffer, J.R., Jr., and K.R. McKaye. 1985. Cyrtocara macrocleithrum, a deep-water cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa. Copeia 1985 (3): 591-596.  

A deep-water cichlid in the genus Cyrtocara is described from Lake Malawi, Africa. The appearance of the fish is dominated by an unusual ventral protuberance below the posterior part of the head. This protuberance is caused by the elongated tips of the cleithrum. We hypothesize that this species is most closely related to a group of undescribed deep water forms tentatively placed in the genus Trematocranus.




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