Coptodon cameronensis (Holly, 1927)
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Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  32.1 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater,
Distribution:  Africa: Sanaga and affluents, Cameroon (Ref. 81260).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 14-16; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-15; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-10. Diagnosis: 9 or fewer rakers on lower limb of first arch; soft dorsal, anal and caudal fins dominantly red-brown, scattered with light spots; head profile very bulging; mouth subterminal or inferior; chest scales very small; 8-12 gill rakers; dorsal fin usually with 28-30 total rays; external teeth very large, robust; length of caudal peduncle 8.2-10.4% of standard length (Ref. 81260). Description: head length 30.3-35.0% SL; lower pharyngeal jaw with curved anterior teeth and straight bicuspid posterior teeth; ventral keel much shorter than dentigerous plate; 3-9 rows of teeth in oral jaws, outer row teeth very robust, bicuspids (Ref. 81260). Coloration: body ground coloration grey-white, bluish grey dorsally and on dorsum of head, pale white on chest and belly; 5-6 grey or grey-blue bars on the flanks; upper lip bluish, lower lip whitish; spinous dorsal fin anteriorly uniform grey becoming wine red posteriorly; soft dorsal red brown, with several rows of maculae; caudal fin red brown with rows of maculae; anal fin uniformly dark grey, posteriorly often red brown and maculate; pelvics dark grey, especially on leading edge; pectoral fins transparent (Ref. 81260).
Biology:  Substrate brooder (Ref. 81260).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 February 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 04.03.94
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 07.10.21
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 31.08.94

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