Featherfin cichlid

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Featherfin cichlid
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribe: Ectodini
Genus: Cyathopharynx
Regan, 1906
Species: C. furcifer
Binomial name
Cyathopharynx furcifer
(Boulenger, 1898)
  • Paratilapia furcifer Boulenger, 1898
  • Cyathopharynx furcifera (Boulenger, 1898)
  • Tilapia grandoculis Boulenger, 1899
  • Cyathopharynx grandoculis (Boulenger, 1899)
  • Ectodus foae Vaillant, 1899
  • Ophthalmotilapia foae (Vaillant, 1899)

The featherfin cichlid (Cyathopharynx furcifer) is a species of cichlid endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it is found off rocky slopes. It feeds on plankton. This fish can reach a length of 21 centimetres (8.3 in) TL. It can also be found in the aquarium trade. This is currently the only species recognized in the genus by FishBase,[1] but genetics and morphology suggest there are two valid species.[2] The second is frequently called C. foae in the aquarium trade, but a review of the type specimen is needed to clarify if this is the correct name.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Cyathopharynx furcifer" in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  2. ^ a b Takahashi, T., and H. Hori (2012). Genetic and Morphological Evidence Implies Existence of Two Sympatric Species in Cyathopharynx furcifer (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Tanganyika International Journal of Evolutionary Biology Volume 2012: Article ID 980879. doi:10.1155/2012/980879