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Superregnum : Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
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: Lamprologini
Genus: Lamprologus
Species (20): L. callipterus – L. congoensis – L. finalimus – L. kungweensis – L. laparogramma – L. lemairii – L. lethops – L. markerti – L. meleagris – L. mocquardi – L. ocellatus – L. ornatipinnis – L. signatus – L. speciosus – L. stappersi – L. symoensi – L. teugelsi – L. tigripictilis – L. tumbanus – L. werneri

Lamprologus Schilthuis, 1891: 85
Gender: masculine
Type species: Lamprologus congoensis Schilthuis, 1891
Type by monotypy

Lamprologus ocellatus

Lamprologus ocellatus


Bills, I.R. & Ribbink, A.J. 1997: Description of Lamprologus laparogramma sp. nov., and rediagnosis of Lamprologus signatus Poll 1956 and Lamprologus kungweensis Poll 1952, with notes on their ecology and behavior (Teleostei: Cichlidae). South African Journal of Science, 93 (11/12): 555–564.
Schilthuis, L. 1891: On a collection of fishes from the Congo; with description of some new species. Tijdschrift der Nederlandsche Dierkundige Vereeniging, Series 2, 3: 83–92, Pl. 6. BHL
Schelly, R.C. & Stiassny, M.L.J. 2004: Revision of the Congo River Lamprologus Schilthuis, 1891 (Teleostei: Cichlidae), with descriptions of two new species. American Museum Novitates, No. 3451, 40 pp., 31 figs., 8 tables. Abstract & PDF


Nomenclator Zoologicus
Lamprologus – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
Lamprologus species list in FishBase,
Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2022. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication,, version 08/2021.
Lamprologus 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.

Lamprologus is a genus of fishes from the cichlid family. They are native to Lake Tanganyika (where several species are shell dwellers) and the Congo River Basin in Africa.[1] The type species for this genus is Lamprologus congoensis, a species from the Congo River. The genus is under some revision and may eventually be restricted to these riverine types.

There are currently 20 recognized species in this genus:[1]

Lamprologus callipterus Boulenger, 1906
Lamprologus congoensis Schilthuis, 1891
Lamprologus finalimus Nichols & La Monte, 1931
Lamprologus kungweensis Poll, 1956
Lamprologus laparogramma I. R. Bills & Ribbink, 1997
Lamprologus lemairii Boulenger, 1899
Lamprologus lethops T. R. Roberts & D. J. Stewart, 1976
Lamprologus markerti Tougas & Stiassny, 2014 [2]
Lamprologus meleagris Büscher, 1991
Lamprologus mocquardi Pellegrin, 1903
Lamprologus ocellatus (Steindachner, 1909)
Lamprologus ornatipinnis Poll, 1949
Lamprologus signatus Poll, 1952
Lamprologus speciosus Büscher, 1991
Lamprologus stappersi Pellegrin, 1927
Lamprologus symoensi Poll, 1976
Lamprologus teugelsi Schelly & Stiassny, 2004
Lamprologus tigripictilis Schelly & Stiassny, 2004
Lamprologus tumbanus Boulenger, 1899
Lamprologus werneri Poll, 1959


Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2017). Species of Lamprologus in FishBase. March 2017 version.
Tougas, S. & Stiassny, M.L.J. (2014): Lamprologus markerti, a new lamprologine cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae) endemic to the lower Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, west-central Africa. Zootaxa, 3852 (3): 391–400.

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