New promelas species, P. krampus sp. nov

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New promelas species, P. krampus sp. nov

Post by DRE » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:58 am

Has this been known in trade before? I interpret the description so that this is a brand new species not known?

Abstract. A new paedophagous species of Protomelas, P. krampus sp. nov., is described from Lake
Malawi. It has been found in Lukoma Bay in Tanzania, near Mara Point in Mozambique, and at Otter
Point, Chizumulu, the Likoma Islands and Mazinzi Reef in Malawi. This species is placed in the genus
Protomelas based on its melanin pattern, which comprises a continuous midlateral stripe. A morphometric
study was done to compare this species with its congeners and similar species of Hemitaeniochromis
and Caprichromis. It differs from most congeners by having only one inner tooth row. Furthermore,
P. krampus sp. nov. differs from P. insignis, P. spilopterus, H. brachyrhynchus, H. urotaenia,
Caprichromis liemi and C. orthognathus by its shorter premaxillary pedicel, shorter prepectoral distances
and dentition. It also differs largely in its melanin pattern from the paedophagous species C. liemi,
C. orthognathus, Diplotaxodon greenwoodi and Naevochromis chrysogaster, as well as H. brachyrhynchus
and H. urotaenia. Protomelas krampus sp. nov. has been observed to ram mouth-brooding cichlids from
above to feed on their eggs or larvae. ... OXjHLTguBI
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