This colorful male cichlid is an Otopharynx ovatus, a rare
three-spot species found over sandy shores of southern Lake Malawi. It is distinctive
for its body shape (the ventral profile is almost a mirror image of the dorsal
profile) in combination with the terminal mouth (neither the upper nor the lower
jaw protruding strongly) and the mid-body position and elongate shape of the
suprapectoral spot, which is entirely
below the upper part of the lateral line and separated from it by a gap.
This is a moderately large species; the largest known specimen measured
170 mm (6.7 inches) in standard length (without caudal fin) and
213 mm (8.4 inches) in total length.
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|Last Update: 24 August 2000
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