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. Diagnosis:
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. Remarks: M. polli
(Norris 2002) has been designated as a synonym of
M. tanganyikaensis (Roberts 2000) from Lake
Tanganyika. Encountered in the littoral zone down
to a depth of 50 m; especially common in bays or near
the mouths of rivers.
distributed in Lake Tanganyika and present in the
Malagarasi River basin. Type locality:
23 -30°C (73-87°F)
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