Serranochromis longimanus (Boulenger, 1911)
Longfin largemouth
photo by Musschoot, T.

Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  30 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Africa: Okavango River and upper Zambezi River.
Diagnosis:  Description: moderately deep-bodied; strongly differs from S. macrocephalus in the possession of extremely elongated pectoral fin rays that can measure approximately 40% of SL; head and mouth large; frontal profile straight to slightly concave; caudal fin rounded (Ref. 52307). Coloration: body and head greenish to brownish, often with a flush of gold on dorsal areas; dark dots may be visible in dorsal and caudal fins; anal fin with reddish dots in soft portion; 8 dark vertical bars may be visible on upper body; mid-body occasionally with a dark horizontal band, often along with some dark blotches; throat and belly whitish (Ref. 52307).
Biology:  Very common, occurs in permanent floodplain lagoons and backwaters. Active at night, preying on small fish and insects such as dragonfly nymphs (Ref. 7248).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 March 2007 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Teugels, Guy - 16.12.92
Modified by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 09.09.94
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 17.08.94

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