Haplochromis antleter Mietes & Witte, 2010:204



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Haplochromis sp. nov. "Dusky Wine-red Fin" (used by Goldschmidt, 1989; Goldschmidt & de Visser, 1990; Goldschmidt, 1991; Witte et al. 1992; Seehausen & Witte, 1994; Seehausen & Witte, 1995; Witte & Seehausen, 1995; Seehausen et al. 1997); Haplochromis ‘dusky wine red fins’ (used by Seehausen & Witte, 1995); Haplochromis (Enterochromis) ‘dusky wine red fin’ (used by Witte et al., 2000; Kishe-Machumu et al. 2008)


Conservation Status


Last record: early 1980's

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



Lake Victoria, Tanzania


Biology & Ecology




BMNH (1+ specimen/s)



Freshly collected specimen from 1977:



Original scientific description:

De Zeeuw, M. P., Mietes, M., Niemantsverdriet, P., ter Huurne, S. and Witte, F. (2010). Seven new species of detritivorous and phytoplanktivorous haplochromines from Lake Victoria. Zoologische Medelingen Leiden 84: 201-250, figs 1-23, tables 1-7.


Other references:

Goldschmidt, Tijs. (1989). An ecological and morphological field study on the haplochromine cichlid fishes (Pisces, Cichlidae) of Lake Victoria. PhD Thesis, Leiden University.

Goldschmidt, Tijs. (1991). Egg mimics in haplochromine cichlids (Pisces, Perciformes) from Lake Victoria. Ethology 88: 177-190.

Goldschmidt, Tijs and de Visser, J. (1990). On the possible role of egg mimics in speciation. Acta Biotheoretica 38: 125-134.

Kishe-Machumu, M., F. Witte and J.H. Wanink. (2008). Dietary shift in benthivorous cichlids after the ecological changes in Lake Victoria. Animal Biology 58: 401-417.

Mazeth, Paul. (2011). Seven in one go - new Haplochromis species described from Lake Victoria. Eggspots 5: 33-37.

Seehausen, O. and Witte, F. (1994). Massenaussterben und Überleben. Tetra Informationen (TI Magazin) 26(4): 48-53.

Seehausen, O. and Witte, F. (1995a). Extinction of many and survival of some: the current situation of the endemic cichlids in southern Lake Victoria. Tropical Fish Hobbyist 43(7): 96-105.

Seehausen, O. and Witte, F. (1995b). Hromadné vymírání a přežití. Tetra Magazín 2: 24-29.

Seehausen, O., F. Witte, E.F. Katunzi, J. Smits & N. Bouton. (1997). Patterns of the remnant cichlid fauna in southern Lake Victoria. Conservation Biology 11: 890-904.

Witte, F., de Zeeuw, M. P. & Brooks, E. (2010). Haplochromis antleter. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. ( Downloaded on 26 June 2015.

Witte, F., Goldschmidt, T., Wanink, J., van Oijen, M., Goudswaard, K., Witte-Maas, E. and Bouton, N. (1992). The destruction of endermic species flock: quantitative data on the decline of the haplochromine cichlids of Lake Victoria. Environmental Biology of Fishes 34: 1-28.

Witte, F., B.S. Msuku, J.H. Wanink, O. Seehausen, E.F.B. Katunzi, P.C. Goudswaard & T. Goldschmidt. (2000). Recovery of cichlid species in Lake Victoria: an examination of factors leading to differential extinction. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 10: 233-241.

Witte, F. and Seehausen, O. (1995). Massenaussterben, Überleben und Veränderung von Victoriasee-Cichliden, pp.137-142. In: Stawikowski, R. (ed.). Cichliden, Festschrift zum 25jährigen Jubiläum der DCG. Deutsche Cichliden-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


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