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Stomatepia pindu - Lac Barombi Mbo - Aqua porte dorée Paris 14.JPG
Stomatepia pindu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribe: Tilapiini
Genus: Stomatepia
Trewavas, 1962
Type species
Paratilapia mariae
Holly, 1930

Stomatepia is a genus of cichlids endemic to Lake Barombi Mbo in western Cameroon. Although generally recognized as distinct, the genus is very close to Sarotherodon.[1] The Stomatepia species are all recognized as critically endangered by the IUCN because of pollution and sedimentation due to human activities. They are potentially also threatened by large emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the lake's bottom (compare Lake Nyos),[2] although studies indicate that Barombo Mbo lacks excess amounts of this gas.[3] Konia, Myaka and Pungu are three other equally threatened genera of ciclids that also are endemic to Lake Barombi Mbo.


There are currently three recognized species in this genus:[4]


  1. ^ Martin; Cutler; Friel; Touokong; Coop; and Wainwright (2015). Complex histories of repeated gene flow in Cameroon crater lake cichlids cast doubt on one of the clearest examples of sympatric speciation. Evolution 69-6: 1406–1422. doi:10.1111/evo.12674
  2. ^ Musilová; Indermaur; Nyom; Tropek; Martin; and Schliewen (2014). Persistence of Stomatepia mongo, an Endemic Cichlid Fish of the Barombi Mbo Crater Lake, Southwestern Cameroon, with Notes on Its Life History and Behavior. Copeia 3: 556–560. doi:10.1643/CI-14-021
  3. ^ Freeth, S.J.; C.O. Ofoegbu; and K.M. Onuoha (1992). Natural Hazards in West and Central Africa, pp. 50—51. ISBN 978-3-663-05239-5
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Stomatepia in FishBase. April 2013 version.