New species of Cyphotilapia (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from Lake Tanganyika, Africa

By Takahashi, Tetsumi & K. Nakaya

Copeia, v. 2003(n. 4), pp. 824-834 (Dec-2003). DOI: 10.1643/IA03-148.1


" A second species of Cyphotilapia (Cichlidae) is described from Lake Tanganyika. The new species is clearly distinct from Cyphotilapia frontosa in having three scale rows between the upper and lower lateral lines at center of body (vs two rows in C. frontosa). Furthermore, a greater number of scales on the longitudinal line (34-36 vs 33-35), fewer outer teeth on the upper jaw (31-52 vs 39-62), higher body (43.3- 51.2% SL vs 38.2-46.5%), longer predorsal (37.5-44.9% SL vs 37.1-42.7% SL), longer dorsal-fin base (57.1-64.6% SL vs 53.8-60.9% SL) and longer pectoral fin (36.0- 47.2% SL vs 31.3-41.7%) also distinguish the former species. The distribution of the new species is restricted to the southern half of Lake Tanganyika, whereas C. frontosa is allopatrically distributed in the northern half of the lake "

Classification: Taxonomy and phylogeny.

Language: English

Takahashi, Tetsumi & K. Nakaya. 2003. "New species of Cyphotilapia (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from Lake Tanganyika, Africa". Copeia. v. 2003(n. 4), pp. 824-834 (crc00003) (abstract)