Male from Kigoma
A wild male of Cyphotilapia frontosa from Kigoma, Lake Tanganyika [Tanzania] in the aquarium [France]. Photo by Patrick Tawil. (10-Oct-2009). determiner Ad Konings

Family
Cichlidae

Sub-family
Pseudocrenilabrinae

Tribe
Cyphotilapiini

Genus
Cyphotilapia

Status
valid


Curator

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Last updated on:
03-Nov-2010

Cyphotilapia frontosa (Boulenger, 1906)

Cypho; Front; Humphead Butterflyfish; Tanganyika Humphead.


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Original description as Paratilapia frontosa:

ZooBank:4F3E94E2-5C9B-4020-B1FB-5DEE47466CF4.

  • Boulenger, George Albert. 1906. "Fourth Contribution to the Ichthyology of Lake Tanganyika - Report on the collection of fishes made by Dr. W. A. Cunnington during the third Tanganyika Expedition, 1904-1905". Transactions of the Zoological Society of London. Vol. 17, Part 6(1): pp. 537-619. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.1905.tb000 (crc00004)

Conservation: Cyphotilapia frontosa is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Although thousands upon thousands of Cyphotilapia frontosa have been collected for the aquarium trade, many more are eaten by the local fishermen. Besides being caught on hook and line many are also caught with deep-set gill nets. Currently there appears little threat to the survival of Cyphotilapia frontosa but such can easily change when more and more net gill nets are set in increasingly deeper water.