Otopharynx lithobates

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Otopharynx lithobates


Taxonavigation: Ovalentaria 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis/Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Infraclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohort: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohort: Clupeocephala
Cohort: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohort: Neoteleostei
Infracohort: Eurypterygia
Section: Ctenosquamata
Subsection: Acanthomorphata
Division: Euacanthomorphacea
Subdivision: Percomorphaceae
Series: Ovalentaria

Familia: Cichlidae
Subfamilia: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribus: Haplochromini
Genus: Otopharynx
Species: Otopharynx lithobates


  • Otopharynx lithobates Oliver in Eccles & Trewavas, 1989
    • Primary type: holotype (BMNH 1974.7.5.1)
    • Type locality: Thumbi Island West, Lake Malawi [Lake Nyasa], southeastern Africa.
    • Secondary types: paratypes, BMNH 1974.7.5.2-3 (2); plus 48 additional paratypes to be deposited in BMNH and USNM


  • Cyrtocara lithobates Oliver, 1984 (name used in unpublished dissertation, not valid for nomenclature)
  • Otopharynx walteri Konings, 1990
    • Primary type: holotype (BMNH 1990.4.9.28)
    • Type locality: Nakantenga Island, Lake Malawi [Lake Nyasa], southeastern Africa, depth about 20 meters
    • Secondary types: paratypes, BMNH 1990.4.9.29-34 (6)
    • Synonymised by: Cleaver, Konings & Stauffer (2009)


  • Cleaver, R.M.; Konings, A.F.; Stauffer, J.R., jr. 2009: Two new cave-dwelling cichlids of Lake Malawi, Africa. Ichthyological exploration of freshwaters, 20: 163–178. ISSN: 0936-9902 Abstract
  • Eccles, D.H. & Trewavas, E. 1989: Malawian cichlid fishes. The classification of some Haplochromine genera. Lake Fish Movies, H.W. Dieckhoff, Herten, West Germany: 1–334. reference page 
  • Konings, A. 1990: Descriptions of six new Malawi cichlids. Tropical fish hobbyist, 38 (11): 110–129.