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Cyprichromis leptosoma.jpg
C. leptosoma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Tribe: Cyprichromini
Genus: Cyprichromis
Scheuermann, 1977
Type species
Paratilapia leptosoma
Boulenger, 1898

Cyprichromis is a genus of cichlids with five species. They are also known as the herring cichlids or sardine cichlids since they form large schools in the open water of Lake Tanganyika. Of the known species, only C. microlepidotus has been recorded outside Lake Tanganyika (in eastern Tanzania).


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


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