Rhamphochromis longiceps

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Rhamphochromis longiceps
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Rhamphochromis
R. longiceps
Binomial name
Rhamphochromis longiceps
(Günther, 1864)
  • Hemichromis longiceps Günther, 1864
  • Champsochromis longiceps (Günther, 1864)
  • Paratilapia longiceps (Günther, 1864)

Rhamphochromis longiceps, also known as the tigerfish, is a species of cichlid endemic to Lake Malawi and the upper Shire River. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.[2] It occurs in all the habitats in the lake including inshore reefs, rock shelf and littoral zones as well as in the offshore pelagic zone. It is piscivorous and has been recorded at depths of 3–74 metres (9.8–242.8 ft). It breeds in both the south east and south west arms of the lake. The females mouthbrood the eggs and while they are doing so they migrate to shallow water to release their offspring among vegetated lagoons and swampy areas. The juveniles are found near the surface in inshore waters over the shelf and littoral zones. The brood size is 27–68 eggs, the maximum total length is 25 centimetres (9.8 in).[1] This species is the type species of the genus Rhamphochromis.[3]


  1. ^ a b Konings, A. (2019). "Rhamphochromis longiceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T117850029A155053292. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T117850029A155053292.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2013). "Rhamphochromis esox" in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  3. ^ Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Rhamphochromis". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 15 January 2019.