Astatotilapia calliptera

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Astatotilapia calliptera


Taxonavigation: Cichliformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Ovalentaria
Superordo: Cichlomorphae
Ordo: Cichliformes

Familia: Cichlidae
Subfamilia: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribus: Haplochromini
Genus: Astatotilapia
Species: Astatotilapia calliptera



Astatotilapia calliptera (Günther, 1894)

Syntypes: 1893.1.17.4 (1), 1893.11.15.1-4 (4), 1893.11.15.5 (1), ?1893.11.15.24-32 (9?).

Type locality: Lake Malawi [Lake Nyasa], southeastern Africa.




  • Günther, A. 1894: Second report on the reptiles, batrachians, and fishes transmitted by Mr. H. H. Johnston, C. B., from British Central Africa. Proceedings of the General Meetings for Scientific Business of the Zoological Society of London, 1893 (pt 4): 616–628, Pls. 53-57.
  • Takahashi, T. 2003: Systematics of Tanganyikan cichlid fishes (Teleostei: Perciformes). Ichthyological Research, 50(4): 367–382.
  • Tyers, A. M. & Turner, G. F.; 2013: Signal and preference divergence among populations of the non-endemic basal Lake Malawi cichlid fish Astatotilapia calliptera (Perciformes: Cichlidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Article first published online: 14 JUN 2013 DOI: 10.1111/bij.12105

Vernacular names

English: Eastern Happy