Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Alticorpus: Latin, altus = nutritious + Latin, corpus = body (Ref. 45335); peterdaviesi: Named after Peter Davies, an exporter of fishes from Lake Malawi (Ref. 55908)
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 50 - 125 m (Ref. 55908), usually 73 - 91 m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C - ; 12°S - 15°S
Africa: endemic to Lake Malawi. Recorded from southern part of lake.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5594)
(total): 14 - 16;
soft rays: 8 - 10. Diagnosis: high number of gill-rakers; head length 31.7-35.6% of standard length; preanal length 58.7-63.1% of standard length; head width 42.2-45.4% head length; premaxillary pedicel length 22.3-25.9% head length (Ref. 55908).
Occurs in areas with a bottom deposit of diatom ooze (Ref. 267). Probably feeds on diatoms (Ref. 5595).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Maréchal, C., 1991. Alticorpus. p. 2-3. In J. Daget, J.P. Gosse, G.G. Teugels and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 4. (Ref. 5594)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01514 (0.00700 - 0.03275), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .