Maylandia zebra (Boulenger, 1899)

Zebra mbuna
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Actinopterígios (peces con aletas radiadas) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Maylandia: In honour of Hans J. Mayland, German ictiologist (Ref. 45335);  zebra: The name melabranchion from the Greek, meaning black fin to note the extension of the lateral black bars onto the dorsal fin (Ref. 27596).  More on author: Boulenger.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecología

; agua dulce demersal; pH range: 8.0 - 8.0; dH range: 9 - 19; rango de profundidad 6 - 28 m.   Tropical; 22°C - 28°C (Ref. 1672); 8°S - 15°S

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Africa: Lake Malawi in Malawi (Ref. 5595, 27596), including Likoma Island and Chizumulu Island (Ref. 5595).

Tamaño / Peso / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.3 cm SL macho / no sexado; (Ref. 5684)

Short description Morfología | Morfometría

Espinas dorsales (total): 16 - 19; Radios blandos dorsales (total): 7-10; Espinas anales 3-4; Radios blandos anales: 6 - 9. Diagnosis: The moderately sloped head, swollen rostral tip of the neurocranium, isognathous jaws, and the presence of bicuspid teeth in the outer rows of the jaws place this species in Maylandia (Ref. 27596). The absence of any interrupted pigment in the pale blue dorsal fin in combination with black bars on a blue ground colour distinguish this species from all other members of the genus (Ref. 27596).

Biología     Glosario (por ej. epibenthic)

Found in rocky areas which may be sediment-free and shallow or sediment-rich at somewhat deeper levels. Feeds at right angles with the substrate by combing loose material from the biocover. Also feeds on plankton in the open water (Ref. 5595).

Life cycle and mating behavior Madurez | Reproducción | Puesta | Huevos | Fecundidad | Larva

Produces up to 60 eggs.

Main reference Upload your references | Referencias | Coordinador : Kullander, Sven O. | Colaboradores

Stauffer, J.R. Jr., N.J. Bowers, K.A. Kellogg and K.R. McKaye, 1997. A revision of the blue-black Pseudotropheus zebra (Teleostei: Cichlidae) complex from Lake Malawi, Africa, with a description of a new genus and ten new species. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 148:189-230. (Ref. 27596)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 22 June 2018

CITES (Ref. 118484)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





Human uses

Acuario: muy comercial
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Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00684 - 0.03200), b=2.98 (2.81 - 3.15), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Nivel trófico (Ref. 69278):  2.3   ±0.1 se; Based on diet studies.
Resiliencia (Ref. 120179):  Alto, población duplicada en un tiempo mínimo inferior a 15 meses (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .