Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Aulonocara: Greek, aulos = flute + Greek, kara = face, head (Ref. 45335); koningsi: Named after Ad Konings, whose work on the Malawi cichlids in general and the genus Aulonocara in particular has largely contributed to our knowledge of these fish (Ref. 55928)
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 3 - 25 m (Ref. 55929), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Africa: endemic to Lake Malawi, only known from Mbenji Island in Malawi (Ref. 55929).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55929)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 15 - 16;
soft rays: 6 - 8. Diagnosis: dorsal profile rounded; territorial males uniformely blue; egg spots on anal fin absent or strongly reduced; melanin pattern of females and non-territorial males with vertical bars, often connected ventrally; spots on flanks present (Ref. 55929).
Inhabits intermediate zone between rocks and sand; feeds on sandy patches between rocks; males hold territories and excavate beneath rocks to construct their spawning burrow; females occur in small groups of 4 to 5 individuals (Ref. 55929).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tawil, P., 2003. Aulonocara koningsi n. sp., un cichlidé nouveau du lac Malawi apparenté à Aulonocara stuartgranti (Pisces: Teleostei: Cichlidae). L'An Cichlidé 3:89-98. (Ref. 55929)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates 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 (0.00700 - 0.03275), 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
): 3.5 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec<1000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .