The body is shallow and broad, and the tooth bands
are broad as well. Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays:
9 - 12; Vertebrae: 38 - 45. Tooth patches broad; 9-12
anal-fin rays; 38-41 vertebrae; 19-20 caudal-fin rays
(ii-7-8-ii-iii); stout, cylindrical head; broad, square
snout; body finely spotted, light brown to grey body
with a white underbelly. Caudal fin with a dark stripe
on a lighter base. Feeds on other fishes. Habitat:
Encountered in the littoral zone down to a depth of
50 m; especially common in bays or near the mouths
of rivers. Remarks:
M. polli (Norris 2002) has been designated
as a synonym of M. tanganyikaensis (Roberts
2000) from Lake Tanganyika.
distributed in Lake Tanganyika and present in the
Malagarasi River basin. Type locality:
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
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