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Damba Mipentina
Range Betsiboka and Ikopa River basins in northwestern Madagascar.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Cichlidae
Genus Paretroplus
Species Paretroplus maculatus
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered

The Damba mipentina (Paretroplus maculatus) is a species of cichlid in the family Cichlidae. It is endemic in turbid, shallow flood-plain lakes in the Betsiboka and Ikopa River basins in northwestern Madagascar. It has declined drastically because of habitat loss, overfishing and invasive species. It is part of a captive breeding program by public institutions like London Zoo and among fishkeeping hobbyists.

This relatively deep-bodied Paretroplus can easily be separate from other members of the genus by the large black spot on the side of the body. It reaches 30 centimetres (12 in) in length.