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Bathybates ferox
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribe: Bathybatini
Genus: Bathybates
Boulenger, 1898
Type species
Bathybates ferox
Boulenger, 1898

Bathybates is a genus of piscivorous cichlids endemic to Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. The genus includes both pelagic species that mainly feed on Tanganyika sardines and benthic species that mainly feed on other cichlids.[1] They are some of the deepest-living cichlids, regularly occurring down to 200 m (660 ft).[1]

They are elogated in shape with a silvery color and a dark spotted or striped pattern. Depending on the species involved, they reach lengths of up to 20.5 to 42 cm (8–16.5 in).[2]

Although not closely related, they have sometimes been compared to piscivorous Rhamphochromis cichlids of Lake Malawi.[3]


There are currently seven recognized species in this genus:[2]


  1. ^ a b Kirchberger; Sefc; Sturmbauer; and Koblmuller (2012). Evolutionary History of Lake Tanganyika’s Predatory Deepwater Cichlids. International Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Volume 2012, Article ID 716209.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2017). Species of Bathybates in FishBase. April 2017 version.
  3. ^ Lindqvist, O.V.; H. Mölsä; K. Solonen; J. Sarvala, editors (1999). From Limnology to Fisheries: Lake Tanganyika and Other Large Lakes. Pp. 213—214. Springer. ISBN 978-0792360179