The Pseudoptropheus genus was described by Regan in 1922. The name can be divided into two parts. Pseudo which means “false” and Tropheus. The Tropheus genus is a similar genus from the same habitat in Lake Tanganyika.

Catch-all genus

Species were initially attributed to this genus which has bicuspid teeth in the outermost row of teeth. After more research, this turned out to be quite variable. As a result, species could no longer be properly grouped based on these characteristics.

The genus Pseudotropheus is therefore currently a catch-all genus of various species that are waiting for a new description. They are then classified into existing or new genera.

Pseudotropheus species

Below you will find the species that still fall within the Pseudotropheus genus. Partly officially described and partly still undescribed. In the list the species that we have not yet included in the database. Below the list, with photo, are the species that we have already added.

Pseudotropheus brevis
Pseudotropheus crabro
Pseudotropheus cyaneorhabdos
Pseudotropheus fuscoides
Pseudotropheus fuscus
Pseudotropheus galanos
Pseudotropheus interruptus
Pseudotropheus joanjohnsonae
Pseudotropheus livingstonii
Pseudotropheus perileucos
Pseudotropheus purpuratus
Pseudotropheus tursiops

Undescribed species:

sp. ‘acei’
sp. ‘aggressive grey’
sp. ‘aggressive yellow fin’
sp. ‘crabro blue’
sp. ‘dwarf nkhata’
sp. ‘elongatus kirondo’
sp. ‘elongatus makonde’
sp. ‘kingsizei tumbi’
sp. ‘minutus tanzania’
sp. ‘ndumbi gold’
sp. ‘perspicax hara’
sp. ‘perspicax likoma’
sp. ‘perspicax orange cap’
sp. ‘perspicax tanzania’
sp. ‘polit tumbi’
sp. ‘sand cobalt’
sp. ‘socolofi nkolongwe’
sp. ‘thin stripe’
sp. ‘three peaks’
sp. ‘tiny’
sp. ‘tursiops mbenji’
sp. ‘variable eastern’
sp. ‘variable kande’
sp. ‘variable mozambique’
sp. ‘williamsi makanjila’
sp. ‘williamsi maleri’
sp. ‘williamsi north’


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