Haplochromis retrodens Hilgendorf, 1888



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Hoplotilapia retrodens Hilgendorf, 1888


Conservation Status

Last record: 1991 (Witte et al. 2010)

Since rediscovered:

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable



Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania


Biology & Ecology




There are 57 specimens in various museum collections according to FishBase. For the full list visit their website:

It is unlikely that there are any unrecognized specimens as this is/was a monotypic genus, and it is therefore quite distinct from even its closest recently living relative.






Original scientific description:

Hilgendorf, F. M. (1888). "Fische aus dem Victoria-Nyanza (Ukerewe-See), gesammelt von dem verstorbenen Dr. G. A. Fischer"; Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft naturforschender Freunde in Berlin; pp. 75-79.


Other references:

van Oijen, M. J. P. 1991. Hoplotilapia retrodens. FishBase ( Downloaded on December 12, 2010.

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


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