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Synopsis of Cyathopharynx Regan, 1920

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Dernière mise à jour le 09-fév-2007
Thomas Andersen, 2005

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Espèces traitées dans cet article: Cyathopharynx foae Cyathopharynx furcifer

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Type species: Cyathopharynx foai (Vaillant, 1899)

Cyathopharynx foai

Cyathopharynx foai male in Lake Tangayika Photo by Michael Karlsson.

Distinctive characters:

Species currently included:

Cyathopharynx foai (Vaillant, 1899)

Type locality:

Lake Tanganyika

Taxonomic history:


Link to Cyathopharynx foai in the CRC Catalogue.

Cyathopharynx furcifer (Boulenger, 1898)

Type locality:

Kinyamkolo, Zambia.

Taxonomic history:



Link to Cyathopharynx furcifer in the CRC Catalogue.

Remarks on taxonomic status:

Konings discovered two species of Cyathopharynx living and breeding sympatric at Moliro, D. R. Congo: Cyathopharynx furcifer, and a species that fits the description of C. foai, a taxa long considered a junior synonym of C. furcifer, and Konings therefore suggested that C. foai should be rehabilitated as a valid taxa (Konings 1998). Note that not all authors follow this suggestion.

Besides the two described species of Cyathopharynx, several potentially un-described species might very well exist in the Lake as well, as populations of Cyathopharynx has been found in the northern part of the Lake, which has some similarities with C. furcifer or C. foai from the southern part, but also differ in both morphology and coloration.

The molecular analysis of the tribe Ectodini by Koblmüller et al. (2004) showed that Cyathopharynx form a subclade within the Ophthalmotilapia-clade, together with the genera Cardiopharynx and Ophthalmotilapia. Interestingly the analysis suggest that Cyathopharynx furcifer forms a cluster together with O. heterodonta and O. ventralis (could actually be C. foai, which is not considered a valid taxa by Koblmüller at al.)

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Andersen, Thomas. (février 09, 2007). "Synopsis of Cyathopharynx Regan, 1920". The Cichlid Room Companion. Consulté le avril 18, 2015, de: