Stigmatochromis pleurospilus, holotype, left side;
photo copyright © by M. K. Oliver

This is Stigmatochromis pleurospilus, the holotype, 40 mm SL (BMNH 1935.6.14: 1475), from Lupembe sandbank near the north end of the lake. Scroll down for a photo of the right side of this, the only known specimen, which is not well preserved. Oliver believes this species may belong in Otopharynx, and wonders if it perhaps represents a northern relative of O. lithobates — although that rock-associated species would not be expected from a purely sandy habitat. Photos copyright © by M. K. Oliver.

Stigmatochromis pleurospilus, holotype, right side;
photo copyright © by M. K. Oliver


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