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Pseudocrenilabrus The Dwarf African Mouthbrooders: Part Two: The Pseudocrenilabrus ventralis and Pseudocrenilabrus philander Complex

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Pseudocrenilabrus The Dwarf African Mouthbrooders: Part Two: The Pseudocrenilabrus ventralis and Pseudocrenilabrus philander Complex

Classification: Species overview, Africa.

(This article was originally published in Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Magazine, Feb 1982; pp. 30-39, 66-76. It is here reproduced with the permission of author Dr. Paul V. Loiselle).

One of the most remarkable attributes of the genus Pseudocrenilabrus is its extensive latitudinal distribution. The Egyptian Mouthbrooder occurs as far north as the Nile Delta, while the southerly distributional limits for P. philander approximate closely those for the Family Cichlidae in the Old World tropics. The genus Haplochromis must take the honors for the most northerly occurring haplochromine, for a single species, Haplochromis flaviijosephi occurs in the Jordan River system, but no other representative of this group of cichlids penetrates as far southward. The central African representative of these wide-ranging little cichlids is Pseudocrenilabrus ventralis (Nichols 1928).

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