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A new Congo cichlid: Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 28, 2017 09:00 AM
Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis is a new African cichlid endemic to Lake Mweru (a smaller freshwater lake directly south of Lake Tanganyika and 150 miles NW of Lake Malawi). It is most similar to P. philander and is found in intermixed population with its mouth-brooding cousin.
A new Congo cichlid: Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis

Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis

Zootaxa abstract:

Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis sp. nov. is described from Lake Mweru in the upper Congo River drainage, on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This species, which appears to be endemic to the lake, lives in sympatry with P. philander. Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis sp. nov. is distinguished from P. philander in nuptial males by the presence of an orange colour on the ventral part of the body and the proximal parts of the anal and caudal fins, a broad band of bright white on the distal edge of anal and caudal fins, a uniform grey head and dorsum, and a subtruncate caudal fin. In addition, P. pyrrhocaudalis has a shorter snout, a narrower head, a smaller interorbital distance, a smaller pre-anal distance, a more slender caudal peduncle and fewer scales around the caudal peduncle in both sexes

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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