Chilotilapia is a genus of freshwater fish in the cichlid family. It contains the sole species Chilotilapia rhoadesii, the Malawi bream, which is endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa, where it prefers areas with muddy substrates from the shallows to quite deep waters. Its primary food consists of Melanoides and Lanistes snails. It can reach a length of 22.5 centimetres (8.9 in) TL. Though commonly called a "bream", this is due to its looks as it is quite unrelated to the breams proper, which are cypriniform fishes. This species is also found in the aquarium trade.[3]

Malawi bream
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Tribe: Haplochromini
Genus: Chilotilapia
Boulenger, 1908
C. rhoadesii
Binomial name
Chilotilapia rhoadesii


  1. Konings, A. & Kasembe, J (2018). "Chilotilapia rhoadesii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2018: e.T60885A47220538. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke & R. van der Laan (eds.). "Chilotilapia". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Chilotilapia rhoadesii" in FishBase. February 2013 version.

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