Cardiopharynx is a monotypic cichlid genus. The single species, Cardiopharynx schoutedeni, is a semi-pelagic, schooling fish endemic to Lake Tanganyika in east Africa. This fish is purely freshwater, and prefers temperatures of 23 – 28°C. It can be deemed a tropical fish. It has a high survival rate, and its populations can double in under 15 months time. Sizes of schools can reach several hundred fish. This fish is completely harmless to human life.


FishBase (2006) Eds. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. World Wide Web electronic publication. version (07/2006).

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