Astatotilapia piceata (Greenwood & Gee, 1969)

Pitch-black fulu



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Haplochromis piceatus Greenwood & Gee, 1969; Astatotilapia piceatus (Greenwood & Gee, 1969); Yssicchromis piceatus (Greenwood & Gee, 1969)


Conservation Status

Possibly extinct in the wild



Lake Victoria, East Africa


Anatomy & Morphology



Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Greenwood, P.H. and Gee, J.M. 1969. A revision of the Lake Victoria Haplochromis species (Pisces, Cichlidae), Part VII. Bulletin British Museum of Natural History (Zoology) 18(1): 1-65.


Other references:

Hemdal, J.; E. McMullin (2013). Husbandry of a Lake Victoria cichlid, the Pitch-black fulu Haplochromis piceatus, in public aquariums: a 20 year retrospective. Int. Zoo Yearb. 47: 112-119.

Mrosso, H.J.D., Msuku, B.S. and Seehausen, O. 2003. Relationships between water transparency and species richness of surviving haplochromines encountered in selected habitats in Mwanza gulf- Lake Victoria (In press). Tanzania Journal of Science.

Sayer, C.A.; L. Máiz-Tomé; W.R.T. Darwall (2018). Freshwater biodiversity in the Lake Victoria Basin: Guidance for species conservation, site protection, climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods. Cambridge, UK and Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.

Tuckett, Quenton M. et al. (2023). Critical thermal limits for Astatotilapia piceata, a possibly extinct in the wild Lake Victoria cichlid fish. AACL Bioflux 16(3): 1384-1389.

Witte, F., de Zeeuw, M.P. & Brooks, E. (2010). Haplochromis piceatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T61189A12440462. Accessed on 24 July 2023. 


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