Maylandia zebra

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Maylandia zebra, BB morph ♂


Taxonavigation: Cichliformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
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: Maylandia
Species: Maylandia zebra


Maylandia zebra (Boulenger, 1899)

  • Holotype: BMNH 1891.12.17.7
  • Type locality: Lake Malawi [Lake Nyasa], southeastern Africa


  • Metriaclima melabranchion Stauffer, Bowers, Kellogg & McKaye, 1997 (source: Ciccotto et al., 2011)
  • Metriaclima zebra (Boulenger, 1899)
  • Pseudotropheus zebra (Boulenger, 1899)
  • Tilapia zebra Boulenger, 1899 (original combination)


  • Boulenger, G.A. 1899: A revision of the African and Syrian fishes of the family Cichlidae. Part II. Proceedings of the General Meetings for Scientific Business of the Zoological Society of London, 1899 (pt 1): 98–143 [1-47], Pls. 11-12.
  • Ciccotto, P.J., Konings, A., & Stauffer, J.R. jr. 2011: Descriptions of five new species in the genus Metriaclima (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malaŵi, Africa. Zootaxa, 2738: 1–25. Abstract & excerpt
  • Condé, B. & J. Géry 1999: Maylandia Meyer et Foerster, 1984, un nom générique disponible (Teleostei, Perciformes, Cichlidae). Revue française d'aquariologie et d'herpetologie, 26 (1-2): 21–22.
  • Stauffer, Jr., J.R., Bowers, N.J., Kellogg, K.A. & McKaye, K.R. 1997. A revision of the blue-black Pseudotropheus zebra (Teleostei: Cichlidae) complex from Lake Malaŵi, Africa, with a description of a new genus and ten new species. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 148: 189–230. JSTOR. PDF. Reference page


  • Maylandia zebra in FishBase,
    Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2021. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication,, version 12/2019.