Placidochromis macrognathus, photo copyright © 1997 by M. K. Oliver

This primarily deep-water, possibly predatory species was described under the name Placidochromis macrognathus by Hanssens (2004). It is trawled in the southeast arm of Lake Malawi in small numbers (see Turner, 1996: 119), but also occurs in the central part of the lake (Lukoma Bay, Tanzania; Chiwanga Bay, Mozambique). Hanssens (2004) notes that this species has a remarkably wide depth range, occurring in as little as 5 m (16 feet) of water, and down to 126 m (413 feet). This individual was trawled in the southeast arm in 1971. Photo copyright © by M. K. Oliver.

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