Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Cichlidae (Cichlids)
Subfamily: Ptychochrominae

Genus/species: Ptychochromis grandidieri

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Yellowish to golden base coloration with a horizontal series of well-defined black blotches situated mid-laterally on the flank. Length to 21 cm (8.25 inches).

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Eastern drainages of Madagascar. Found in fresh water in areas of high forest as well as brackish water.

DIET IN THE WILD: Invertebrates, plant materials.

REPRODUCTION: Egg layers; both male and female care for fry. The rate of breeding would allow the population to double in less than 15 months.

CONSERVATION: IUCN Red List Least concern (LC)  Common throughout its range, which extends along much of eastern coastal Madagascar. Vulnerable to introduced Asian snakehead fish.


LOCATION: Rainforest Madagascar MA04 



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