Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Benthochromis: Greek, benthos = depth of the sea + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); horii: Named for M. Hori of Kyoto University, Japan, the first to identify this fish as an undescribed species (Ref. 74417).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic, usually 60 - 126 m (Ref. 74417). Tropical
Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika, only known from the type locality (Ref. 74417).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 74417)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 17 - 19;
soft rays: 9 - 11;
Vertebrae: 36 - 38. This species is distinguished by the following: eyes relatively small and snout relatively long (eye length usually shorter than snout length, 86.7-105% of snout length), number of dorsal fin rays relatively high (total number of spines and soft rays in dorsal fin usually 30 or 31). Large males (>117.2 mm LS) with long pelvic fin (>30% of standard length LS), a distinct pearl-grey longitudinal line through the upper end of the pectoral fin base, and without a black large blotch on nape (Ref. 74417).
Occurs at depths from 60 to 126 m (Ref. 74417).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Takahashi, T., 2008. Description of a new cichlid fish species of the genus Benthochromis (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from Lake Tanganyika. J. Fish Biol. 72(3):603-613. (Ref. 74417)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: ; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00684 - 0.03200), b=2.98 (2.80 - 3.16), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec<1000).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).