Altolamprologus calvus

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Altolamprologus calvus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribe: Lamprologini
Genus: Altolamprologus
Species: A. calvus
Binomial name
Altolamprologus calvus
(Poll, 1978)

Altolamprologus calvus is a cichlid endemic to the southern shoreline of Lake Tanganyika in eastern Africa. The species has an extremely laterally compressed body and a high dorsal fin. Males may grow to 13 cm (5 inches), while females are normally smaller.

It is physically similar to its close relative A. compressiceps, though it is less deep-bodied and has a longer snout.

A. calvus is commonly kept as an aquarium fish in setups devoted to East African fish. Several local variants exist. Examples include:

  • 'Black Sambia'
  • 'Black Pectoral'
  • 'Black Zaire'
  • 'Black Kapampa'
  • 'Yellow'
  • 'White'