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Malawi bream
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Chilotilapia
Boulenger, 1908
Species: C. rhoadesii
Binomial name
Chilotilapia rhoadesii
Boulenger, 1908

Chilotilapia is a genus of freshwater fish in the cichlid family. It contains the sole species Chilotilapia rhoadesii, the Malawi bream, which is endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa, where it prefers areas with muddy substrates from the shallows to quite deep waters. Its primary food consists of Melanoides and Lanistes snails. It can reach a length of 22.5 centimetres (8.9 in) TL. Though commonly called a "bream", this is due to its looks as it is quite unrelated to the breams proper, which are cypriniform fishes. This species is also found in the aquarium trade.[2]


  1. ^ Kasembe, J. (2006). "Chilotilapia rhoadesii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2006: e.T60885A12412899. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2006.RLTS.T60885A12412899.en. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Chilotilapia rhoadesii" in FishBase. February 2013 version.