Above: Diplotaxodon greenwoodi (uncatalogued specimens
in BMNH, lot B438, from Nkata Bay, with an Iles manuscript name,
photographed in 1971). Photo copyright © 1997 by M. K. Oliver.
These specimens are not part of the type material of D. greenwoodi,
and Stauffer & McKaye (who formally described and named this unusual-looking deep-water
cichlid) were apparently unaware of them. They extend the species' known geographic range
considerably. The original description was based on only 4
specimens, all from a trawl haul in 86 m (282 feet) depth, 8 km south of Mumbo
Island in the Nankumba Peninsula/ Cape Maclear region of southern
Lake Malawi. Stauffer & McKaye believe this species to be another
paedophage. Below: a drawing of the holotype, a ripe female
198.7 mm SL (USNM 270847); drawing by M. Katz, from the original
description (Stauffer & McKaye, 1986).
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