Above: A male Labidochromis shiranus from Nkopola, Malawi, in the
southeast arm of the lake, as photographed by Ad Konings; photo used with his
kind permission. This species can be recognized by its long, rather pointed
snout, together with its coloration.
Above: Labidochromis shiranus (66 mm SL)
from Nkudzi Point, southeast arm of Lake Malawi; (inset at right): left premaxilla
and anterior outer row tooth of L. shiranus (drawings by Elizabeth M.
Tarr). From Fig. 13 of Ribbink et al.,
1983; reproduced by permission of the Zoological Society of
Right: The holotype of L. shiranus (a male, 68.0 mm SL; BMNH 1981.1.9: 33), from off the Muona Inn, southeast arm, L. Malawi. Drawing from Lewis (1982).
Below: L. shiranus, dentition. This drawing, from
Trewavas (1935), is of a paralectotype (BMNH 1935.6.14:335)
of L. vellicans that Lewis (1982) "believed to belong to this species
[L. shiranus]." Lewis did not, however, include this specimen among
the type specimens of his new species (the specimen was not available for him
to examine at the time Lewis was preparing his revision of Labidochromis).
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