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C. afra
Picture by Gerard Delany
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Genus: Cynotilapia
Regan, 1922
Type species
Hemichromis afer
Günther, 1894

Cynotilapia is a genus of fishes from the family Cichlidae. All fishes in these genus form part of the mbuna flock, the rock-dwelling fishes of Lake Malawi, in the rift valley of East Africa. All species are polygamous, maternal, ovophile mouthbrooders and carry their fry in this fashion for about 20–30 days.


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


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Cynotilapia in FishBase. February 2013 version.