Ptychochromis insolitus  Stiassny & Sparks, 2006

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Ptychochrominae
Etymology: Ptychochromis: Greek, ptyx, = fold + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335);  insolitus: Name derived from the Latin, insolitus, meaning 'unusual, odd, queer', in reference to the somewhat atypical appearance of the species and the anomalous morphology of the aquarium raised specimens used for the original description (Ref. 57663).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Tropical, preferred ?

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Africa: Madagascar (Ref. 57663).

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57663)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8; Vertebrae: 27. It is distinguished from congeners by a reduced number of precaudal vertebrae (12) and a reduced number of infraorbital elements (5), and also by the presence of a faint midlateral stripe, beginning just posterior to the dorsocaudal margin of the opercle and extending to caudal-fin origin (Ref. 57663). It is a comparatively shallow bodied and laterally compressed Ptychochromis (Ref. 57663). In life, base body coloration is silvery to silvery-golden, particularly below lateral midline; cheek and opercular series silvery; body golden with blackish speckles and blotches above midline, including nape, top of head, and infraorbital series; unpaired fins reddish, particularly distally, or dark gray; pectoral fins pale and reddish; pelvic fins pale reddish and may exhibit some black pigmentation along caudal margin (Ref. 57663). In preservative, ground coloration is pale yellowish-olive, with faint dark stripe present along lateral midline, more pronounced posteriorly; fins hyaline to pale yellowish-olive (Ref. 57663).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Stiassny, M.L.J. and J.S. Sparks, 2006. Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the endemic Malagasy genus Ptychochromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae), with the description of five new species and a diagnosis for Katria, new genus. Am. Mus. Novit. 3535:1-55. (Ref. 57663)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

  Critically Endangered (CR) (B1ab(i,iii,v)+2ab(i,v))

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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