Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Teleostei (teleosts) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Cynotilapia: Greek, kyon = dog + Bechuana, African native thiape = fish (Ref. 45335); chilundu: The name chilundu is derived from Chichewa meaning 'reef', and refers to the fact that the species is only found on a reef (Ref. 119465).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: Lake Malawi in Malawi (Ref. 119465).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 119465)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 17 - 19;
soft rays: 7 - 8. Diagnosis: The presence of widely spaced unicuspid teeth on both the upper and lower oral jaws and a moderately inclined vomer place this species in Cynotilapia (Ref. 119465). Cynotilapia chilundu is distinguished from C. afra, C. zebroides and C. aurifrons by its slender body with body depth 24.9-31.1% of standard length vs. 31.8-37.2% on the other three species (Ref. 119465). Male C. chilundu differ from those of C. axelrodi by the presence pf a black submarginal band in the dorsal fin which is absent in C. axelrodi; females of the latter species lack distinct bars on the flank and interorbital bars on the head, while both these characters are evident in female C. chilundu (Ref. 119465).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Li, S., A.F. Konings and J.R. Stauffer Jr., 2016. A revision of the Pseudotropheus elongatus species group (Teleostei: Cichlidae) with description of a new genus and seven new species. Zootaxa 4168(2):353-381. (Ref. 119465)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).