Haplochromis pyrrhopteryx van Oijen, 1991



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Haplochromis "redback" van Oijen, 1982


Conservation Status


Last record: 1983

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



Lake Victoria, East Africa


Biology & Ecology




RMNH 30010 (Holotype)


There are 56 other specimens in various museum collections (see:, including:


MNHN 1987-1669 (male): collector unknown (1983) from Lake Victoria in East Africa (original webpage is in French:


BMNH 1987.2.4.16 and17 (sex not specified): collected by H.E.S.T. (1987) from Lake Victoria, East Africa (






Original scientific description:

van Oijen, M. J. P. (1991). A systematic revision of the piscivorous haplochromine Cichlidae (Pisces: Teleostei) of Lake Victoria (East Africa). Part 1. Zoologische Verhandelingen (Leiden) 272: 1-95.


Other references:

California Academy of Sciences (hypodigm list):

van Oijen, M. J. P. (1991). (Ref. 47172). Haplochromis pyrrhopteryx. FishBase ( Downloaded on December 12, 2010.

Witte, F., de Zeeuw, M.P. & Brooks, E. (2010). Haplochromis pyrrhopteryx. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 31 May 2013.


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