Male at Nkondwe Island
A male of Ophthalmotilapia boops at Nkondwe Island, Lake Tanganyika [Tanzania]. The beautiful neon blue bar in the body is of this males is just seen in this particular locality and the island of Kamanda south of it. Photo by Juan Miguel Artigas Azas. (14-Sep-2010). determiner Patrick Tawil

Family
Cichlidae

Sub-family
Pseudocrenilabrinae

Tribe
Ectodini

Genus
Ophthalmotilapia

Status
valid


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Last updated on:
14-Aug-2011

Ophthalmotilapia boops (Boulenger, 1901)


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Original description as Tilapia boops:

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  • Boulenger, George Albert. 1901. "Diagnoses of new fishes discovered by Mr. J. E. S. Moore in lakes Tanganyika and Kivu". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 7) pp. 1-6 (crc00034)

Conservation: Ophthalmotilapia boops is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). This restricted-ranged species is still rather common at some places in Tanzania, but remains vulnerable to overfishing, and takings for the aquarium trade must remains under reasonable levels.