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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: Ectodini
Genus: Xenotilapia
Species: X. bathyphila – X. boulengeri – X. burtoni – X. caudafasciata – X. flavipinnis – X. leptura – X. longispinis – X. melanogenys – X. nasus – X. nigrolabiata – X. ochrogenys – X. ornatipinnis – X. papilio – X. rotundiventralis – X. sima – X. spiloptera – X. tenuidentata

Xenotilapia Boulenger, 1899:92

Type species: Xenotilapia sima Boulenger, 1899. Type by monotypy.

Boulenger, G.A. 1899: Second contribution to the ichthyology of Lake Tanganyika.-- On the fishes obtained by the Congo Free State Expedition under Lieut. Lemaire in 1898. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, 15 (pt 4, no. 1): 87–96, Pls. 18-20.
Takahashi, T. 2003: Systematics of Tanganyikan cichlid fishes (Teleostei: Perciformes). Ichthyological Research, 50(4): 367–382.

Xenotilapia is a genus of cichlids species endemic to Lake Tanganyika in east Africa.[1]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed 16 Xenotilapia species; one of them is considered "Vulnerable" (Xenotilapia burtoni), the rest are of "Least Concern" or "Data Deficient".[2]

There are currently 18 recognized species in this genus:[1]

Xenotilapia bathyphila Poll, 1956
Xenotilapia boulengeri (Poll, 1942)
Xenotilapia burtoni Poll, 1951
Xenotilapia caudofasciata Poll, 1951
Xenotilapia flavipinnis Poll, 1985 (Yellow sand cichlid)
Xenotilapia leptura (Boulenger, 1901)
Xenotilapia longispinis Poll, 1951
Xenotilapia melanogenys (Boulenger, 1898)
Xenotilapia nasus De Vos, Risch & Thys van den Audenaerde, 1995
Xenotilapia nigrolabiata Poll, 1951
Xenotilapia ochrogenys (Boulenger, 1914)
Xenotilapia ornatipinnis Boulenger, 1901
Xenotilapia papilio Büscher, 1990
Xenotilapia rotundiventralis (T. Takahashi, Yanagisawa & Nakaya, 1997)
Xenotilapia sima Boulenger, 1899
Xenotilapia spiloptera Poll & D. J. Stewart, 1975
Xenotilapia tenuidentata Poll, 1951


Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). Species of Xenotilapia in FishBase. November 2018 version.
"IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2". International Union for Conservation of Nature. 2012. Archived from the original on June 27, 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2013.

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