Ctenopharynx pictus

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Ctenopharynx pictus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Ctenopharynx
C. pictus
Binomial name
Ctenopharynx pictus
(Trewavas, 1935)
  • Haplochromis nitidus Trewavas, 1935
  • Cyrtocara nitida (Trewavas, 1935)
  • Cyrtocara nitidus (Trewavas, 1935)
  • Otopharynx nitidus (Trewavas, 1935)

Ctenopharynx pictus is a species of fish in the Cichlidae family. It is restricted to Lake Malawi in Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. It occurs throughout much of the lake, but mainly in rocky habitats at depths of 7–30 m (23–98 ft).[1] It is a mouthbrooder, but the female will often release the young near nesting kampango catfish. Their young are then brought up together.[3]


  1. ^ a b Konings, A.; Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P. (2018). "Ctenopharynx pictus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T60898A47221352. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Ctenopharynx pictus" in FishBase. June 2018 version.
  3. ^ McKaye, K.R. (1985). Cichlid–catfish mutualistic defence of young in Lake Malawi, Africa. Oceologia 66: 358–363.