Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Pelvicachromis: Latin, pelvica, -ae = bassin + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 5 - 12. Tropical; 22°C - 25°C (Ref. 1672); 10°N - 0°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81260)
(total): 16 - 19;
soft rays: 6 - 8. Diagnosis: body elongate (Ref. 53405), relatively gracile, its depth 29.9-36.2% of standard length (mean 32.7% SL) (Ref. 81260). Head length 28.4-35.8% of standard length (Ref. 81260). Teeth conical, upper jaw with 2, lower jaw with 3 tooth rows; dorsal fin with 2-4 oval spots posteriorly and a series of horizontal lines anteriorly (Ref. 53405). If present mid-lateral band does not extend over caudal fin; dorsal fin without dark basal band; distance from snout to pelvic fin origin 32.5-37.5% SL (Ref. 81260).
Africa: from eastern Benin and southwestern Nigeria (Ref. 81260) including the Nigerdelta (Ref. 53405) to the Lobe system in Cameroon (Ref. 81260). Reports from Bioko unconfirmed (Ref. 81260).
Cave-spawning, substrate brooder (Ref. 81260). Aquarium keeping: in pairs; minimum aquarium size 80 cm (Ref. 51539).
Spawns in caves. Eggs may be deposited in niches and crevices as well as below roots, pieces of bark and larger leaves (Ref. 89992).
Daget, J., 1991. Pelvicachromis. p. 363-366. 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. 5677)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01862 (0.00880 - 0.03939), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tm<1).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .