Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Haplochromis: Greek, Haploos = single + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); tanaos: The name refers to the slender habitus of this species (Ref. 47153).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 10 m (Ref. 47153). Tropical
Africa: Lake Victoria.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 47153); 7.6 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 14 - 16;
soft rays: 7 - 10;
Vertebrae: 29 - 32. Small, slender, laterally compressed body (Ref. 47153). A rather acutely pointed snout (Ref. 47153). Lips not thickened (Ref. 47153). Lower jaw ventral outline almost straight, the rostral outline of lower jaw straight or slightly convex with a smoothly rounded mental area (Ref. 47153). Pectoral fins reaching the anus; extension of dorsal and anal fin about equal, reaching the posterior half of the caudal peduncle (Ref. 47153). All scales on the head are cycloid; scales on rostral part of dorsum cycloid or very weakly ctenoid, caudal part of dorsum with ctenoid scales; scales on flank and caudal peduncle ctenoid; ventral chest scales relatively small and cycloid, lateral chest scales relatively small and weakly ctenoid (Ref. 47153). Live basic color for males is bluish-grey dorsally and silvery white ventrally; females and juveniles have a distinct, relatively thin mid lateral band and the entire dorsal surface of the head in juveniles is rather uniformly greyish pigmented (Ref. 47153). Two continuous longitudinal bands on the body (Ref. 47153).
Known from relatively sheltered areas with a sandy substrate in Lake Victoria (Ref. 47153).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
van Oijen, M.J.P. and F. Witte, 1996. Taxonomical and ecological description of a species complex of zooplanktivorous cichlids from Lake Victoria. Zool. Verh. Leiden 302:56 p. (Ref. 47153)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01514 (0.00703 - 0.03260), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .