Male at Gome Rock
A male of Melanochromis dialeptos at Gome Rock, Lake Malawi [Malawi].Photo by Ad Konings. determiner Ad Konings

Family
Cichlidae

Sub-family
Pseudocrenilabrinae

Genus
Melanochromis

Status
valid


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Last updated on:
08-Jun-2008

Melanochromis dialeptos Bowers & Stauffer, 1997


Original description as Melanochromis dialeptos:

ZooBank:141D9B66-90A0-4C85-81C5-ED39F0BBD6A4.

  • Bowers, Nancy & J. Stauffer. 1997. "Eight new species of rock-dwelling cichlids of the genus Melanochromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa". Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters. v. 8 (1); pp. 49-70 (crc00126)

Conservation: Melanochromis dialeptos is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (VU) vulnerable (2006). At most places this species is very common and nowhere threatened. It is too small to be considered food although any individual stuck in a gill net will, of course, end up in the cooking pot.

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