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General Information

Scientific Name:

Paretroplus kieneri - Arnoult 1960

Common/Native Name:

Kieneri's Cichlid / Kotsovato

Type Locality:

Lake Kinkony


Par-ETRO-plus KINE-er-eye



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Species Details

Maximum Size:

10 inches Standard Length



Population differences:

Sexual Morphology:


First Description:

Sur une nouvelle espèce de poisson Malgache (Cichlidae) Paretroplus kieneri n. sp.

in: Bulletin du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Sér. 2) v. 32 (no. 4): pp 305-307

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No known synonyms

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Habitat Information

Distribution/Collection Locales:

Mahavavy river drainage, Lake Kinkony western shore at small village of Betsina

- 1912 by W. Kaudern

Lake Kinkony, Mitsinjo

- 1969 by X. Mouy

Lac Kinkony

- 1993 by Local Fishermen, P.V. Loiselle

Ambomboa (Amboaboa) river

- 1993 by P.V. Loiselle, R. Morris, B. Vesta and Local villagers

Akalimilotrabe river, Betsiboka river drainage

- 1997 by P.V. Loiselle and Local residents.

Conservation Status:

Typical Habitat:

A lacustrine and riverine species

"Still water, muddy or sandy bottom lakes, as well as fast running (at least during the rains), rocky bottom rivers. Some lakes have water lilies and reeds growing on their edges, but more usually are devoid of aquatic vegetation. I have observed no aquatic plants in any river inhabited by Pe. kieneri. This is the situation at least today, it might have been different before the introduction of exotic herbivorous species such as carp and tilapia." (observations by P. de Rham)

Typical Water Parameters:


Cohabitates with:


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Husbandry Information

Origin of Captives:

North American populations stem from a collection in 1993 by P.V. Loiselle and R. Morris


One of the least aggressive Paretropline species found on Madagascar.

Tank Size:

Recommend 50 - 75 gallon, this size is also adequate for breeding



Water Parameters:


Tank Filtration/Set-up:

"Pe. kieneri, as it sems most Paretoplus species, like to eat plants and in my experience it is not possible to maintain plants with them, even the Anubias are destroyed" (observations by P. de Rham)

Breeding Requirements:

For a detailed account of spawning this species see:

Haeffner, R. and Davidson, J. 1997.

Reproductive Behavior of Paretroplus kieneri Arnoult 1960 at the Denver Zoo.

in: Cichlid News (Vol.6, No. 3) July 1997

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