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Pelmatochromis buettikoferi.jpg
Pelmatochromis buettikoferi
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribe: Pelmatochromini
Greenwood, 1987
Genus: Pelmatochromis
Steindachner, 1894
Type species
Paratilapia (Pelmatochromis) buettikoferi
Steindachner, 1894

Pelmatochromis is a small genus of fishes in the cichlid family. Of its three species, two are endemic to the Middle Africa, and one is endemic to tropical West Africa. Depending on the exact species, they reach about 11.5–16.5 centimetres (4.5–6.5 in) in length.[1] This genus is sometimes placed in its own clade, informally referred to as the pelmatochromines, and this as the Pelmatochromini, may be the sister taxon to the Chromidotilapiini.[2]


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


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). Species of Pelmatochromis in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  2. ^ Peter Humphry Greenwood (1987). "The Genera of Pelmatochromine Fishes (Teleosti:Cichlidae). A Phylogenetic Review". Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). 53 (3).