Descriptions of five new species in the genus metriaclima (Teleostei: Cichlidae)from Lake Malawi, Africa

Patrick J. Ciccotto, Adrianus Konings, Jay R. Stauffer

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Five new species of rock-dwelling cichlids from Lake Malawi are described. All five species phenotypically resemble Metriaclima aurora based on the absence of a black band in the dorsal fin and occupying the rock-sand interface of the lake. Differences in overall shape, meristics, and coloration distinguish these new species from each other and from previously described species within this group. The new species Metriaclima glaucos, M. mossambicus, M. nkhunguensis, and M. xanthos originate from the Mozambique coast of the lake, while M. sciasma is restricted to Tanzanian waters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
Issue number2738
Publication statusPublished - Jan 12 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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