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Thoracochromis wingatii
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Tribe: Haplochromini
Genus: Thoracochromis
Greenwood, 1979
Type species
Paratilapia wingatii
Boulenger, 1902

Thoracochromis is a fish genus of haplochromine cichlids that are endemic to Africa. Most species are from rivers in Angola and Namibia, or the Congo River Basin in Central Africa, but T. wingatii is from the Nile system. [1] Additionally, there are a few apparently undescribed species from the Nile system (two in its delta and one from lakes near Fayum), which appear to be close relatives of T. wingatii or Haplochromis loati . [2] Many species have been moved between this genus and Haplochromis , and while some consensus has been reached in recent years, their mutual delimitation is still far from settled.



There are currently 12 recognized species in this genus: [1]


T.buysi is endemic to the Kunene River. [3]

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  1. 1 2 Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). Species of Thoracochromis in FishBase . November 2019 version.
  2. Neumann, D.; H. Obermaier; T. Moritz (2016). "Annotated checklist for fishes of the Main Nile Basin in the Sudan and Egypt based on recent specimen records (2006-2015)". Cybium. 40 (4): 287–317. doi:10.26028/cybium/2016-404-004.
  3. C.Michael Hogan. 2012. Kunene River. eds. P.Saundry & C.Cleveland. Encyclopedia of Earth. National Council for Science and the Environment. Washington DC.