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Lamprologus markerti, a new lamprologine cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae) endemic to the lower Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, west-central Africa

Home Forums Ichthyology Lamprologus markerti, a new lamprologine cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae) endemic to the lower Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, west-central Africa

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    Matt
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    Zootaxa 3852(3)

    Abstract

    A new Lamprologus is described from the lower Congo River (LCR) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lamprologus
    markerti, new species, is readily distinguished from L. tigripictilis and L. werneri, the LCR endemic lamprologines with
    which it was once taxonomically conflated, in the possession of a reduced number of gill rakers on the first arch (9–11
    versus 12–17), a longer head (32.1–34.7% SL versus 29.3–31.9 and 29.1–32.9% SL, respectively), and a longer predorsal
    length (33.0–35.9% SL versus 29.3–32.7 and 28.5–32.6% SL, respectively). Further, L. markerti lacks a second intestinal
    loop present in both L. tigripictilis and L. werneri, and has a highly reduced infraorbital series often consisting of a single
    first infraorbital (lachrymal) element

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