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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Animal Science and Zoology