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Body relatively deep, depth being 29.8 – 40.3 % of standardlength. Head with a rounded profile.
Dorsal XII-XVI, 13-15. Anal III, 7-10. Ventral fins in mature males prolonged with spatulae, nearly reaching to the caudal fin. The soft rays of the unpaired fins are prolonged and may reach beyond the origin of the caudal fin. The outer rays of the caudal fin are long and filamentous.
3-5 oral teeth rows, being either uniscuspid or tricuspid.
15-21 gill rakers on ceratobranchial.
Lower pharyngeal bone triangular, densly covered with mainly bicuspid teeth
36-40 scales along the longitudinal line.
Two lateral lines.
Species currently included:
Ophthalmotilapia boops (Boulenger, 1901)
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