Maylandia pyrsonotos, photo from Ribbink et al. (1983), used by permission

Maylandia pyrsonotos, photographed underwater at Nakantenga Island in the Maleri Islands group, Malawi. This is the species informally known under the name Pseudotropheus zebra "red dorsal."

According to Stauffer et al. (1997), M. pyrsonotos is one of three species having a blue ground color, black vertical bars, and a reddish dorsal fin (the others being M. emmiltos and M. sandaracinos.) M. pyrsonotos is the only one in which the black vertical bars extend into the basal portion of the dorsal fin. (Actually, Stauffer et al. discuss a fourth species with blue ground color, black vertical bars, and orange dorsal fin — M. thapsinogen from Eccles Reef — but that species may be recognized by having a yellow chin or gular area.) Photo from Plate 1j of Ribbink et al., 1983, who first recognized that this was a distinct species; reproduced by permission of the Zoological Society of Southern Africa.



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