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Superregnum : Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Ovalentaria
Superordo: Cichlomorphae
Ordo: Cichliformes

Familia: Cichlidae
Subfamilia: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribus: Haplochromini
Genus: Alticorpus
Species (5): A. geoffreyi – A. macrocleithrum – A. mentale – A. peterdaviesi – A. profundicola

Alticorpus Stauffer & McKaye, 1988: 442

Type species: Alticorpus mentale Stauffer & McKaye, 1988
Type by original designation


Stauffer, J.R., Jr. & K.R. McKaye 1988: Description of a genus and three deep water species of fishes (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa. Copeia, 1988 (2): 441–449.
Snoeks, J. & M. Hanssens 2004: Identification guidelines to other non-mbuna. Pp. 266-310 in: Snoeks, J. (ed). The cichlid diversity of Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa: identification, distribution and taxonomy. Cichlid Press, El Paso, Texas. 1-360.


Nomenclator Zoologicus
Alticorpus species list in FishBase,
Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2022. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication,, version 08/2021.
Alticorpus and its species (including synonyms) in Catalog of Fishes, Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. & van der Laan, R. (eds.) 2022. Catalog of Fishes electronic version.

Alticorpus is a small genus of cichlids[1][2][3] endemic to the deep waters of Lake Malawi in Africa.

There are currently five[1][2] or six[3] recognized species in this genus:

Alticorpus geoffreyi Snoeks & Walapa, 2004
Alticorpus macrocleithrum (Stauffer & McKaye, 1985)
Alticorpus mentale Stauffer & McKaye, 1988
Alticorpus peterdaviesi (W. E. Burgess & H. R. Axelrod, 1973)
Alticorpus profundicola Stauffer & McKaye, 1988


"Alticorpus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). Species of Alticorpus in FishBase. April 2013 version.
Eschmeyer, W. N. (30 April 2013). "Catalog of Fishes". California Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2013.

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