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Astatotilapia stappersi Gatumba 1.JPG
Astatotilapia stappersii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Tribe: Haplochromini
Genus: Astatotilapia
Pellegrin, 1904
Type species
Sparus desfontainii
Lacépède, 1802

Astatotilapia is a genus of fish in the family Cichlidae found in Eastern and Northern Africa, and Western Asia. Many species have been moved between this genus and Haplochromis, and while some consensus has been reached in recent years, their mutual delimitation is still far from settled.[1] Based on mtDNA, Astatotilapia as currently defined is polyphyletic.[2]


There are currently 10 recognized species in this genus:[1]

There are a few possibly undescribed species in the genus,[2] such as:

Names brought to synonymy


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2017). Species of Astatotilapia in FishBase. April 2017 version.
  2. ^ a b Genner; Ngatunga; Mzighani; Smith; and Turner (2015). Geographical ancestry of Lake Malawi’s cichlid fish diversity. Biol. Lett. 11: 2015023. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2015.0232
  3. ^ a b Trape, S. (2016): A new cichlid fish in the Sahara: The Ounianga Serir lakes (Chad), a biodiversity hotspot in the desert. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 339 (11–12): 529–536.