Sargochromis mortimeri (Bell-Cross, 1975)
Mortimer's happy
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Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  27.7 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal,
Distribution:  Africa: upper Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa Rivers (middle Zambezi system) in Zambia (Ref. 7248). Also reported from the upper Zambezi in Namibia (Ref. 33857).
Diagnosis:  Description: deep-bodied; frontal profile straight to slightly concave; caudal fin rounded (Ref. 52307). Coloration: body in both sexes bronze-brown, darker dorsally; opercles of males bluish, and some body scales with a red base; numerous reddish maculae in dorsal, caudal and anal fins, in latter some lightly-ocellated; when courting, lower body often with greenish flush (Ref. 52307).
Biology:  Found in various habitats and dams; feeds on insects, snails and plants; breeds in spring and early summer; males construct a sand-scrape nest in shallow water (Ref. 7248). Agamous, ovophilic (Ref. 52307) maternal mouthbrooder (Ref. 7248, 52307). Females mouthbrood eggs and larvae (Ref. 7248).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 March 2007 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Teugels, Guy - 16.12.92
Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 21.02.18
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 17.08.94

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