Lethrinops longipinnis, male, photo copyright © by G. F. Turner

Lethrinops longipinnis Eccles & Lewis
Text & photo by Guest Author: Prof. George F. Turner, Bangor University, UK
Above: A male Lethrinops longipinnis. This is a deep-bodied, laterally compressed species with a long steeply sloping snout, and a small ventrally placed mouth. It differs from L. lethrinus in its lack of dark markings. The snout is longer than that of L. "deep-water albus", which has a similar male breeding dress with strong vertical barring, dark fins and a bluish iridescence on the head. It is very similar to Lethrinops argenteus, a shallow water species in which the ripe males are more brownish and less strongly barred, and have a dark reddish nape. The maximum recorded size is 21 cm (8¼ inches) TL (total length). It is reported to feed mainly on chironomid larvae, but also copepods, algae, and detritus. It is one of the dominant species in the southern soft-bottom habitats at depths of 40-70m (130-230 feet), but is not generally found deeper than 95m (310 feet). The photo below shows a female possibly referable to this species.
Possibly Lethrinops longipinnis, female, photo copyright © by G. F. Turner
This Lethrinops female resembles L. longipinnis, but the identification to species needs to be verified against depth records (photo © by G.F. Turner)


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Turner, G.F. (2004) Lethrinops longipinnis Eccles & Lewis. http://malawicichlids.com/mw08128.htm. In: "The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa" (M.K. Oliver, webmaster), http://malawicichlids.com. Accessed [date].
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