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Paretroplus polyactis
Paretroplus-polyactis-Sambava-female
Information
Range river basins in eastern Madagascar.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Cichlidae
Genus Paretroplus
Species Paretroplus polyactis
Conservation Status
VUSpecies
Vulnerable

Paretroplus polyactis is a species of cichlid in the family Cichlidae. It is found widely in fresh and brackish water in coastal regions and associated river basins in eastern Madagascar. It is the only Paretroplus found in the southern half of Madagascar, and one of only two found in eastern drainages (the other is the far more restricted Paretroplus loisellei). Paretroplus polyactis is threatened by habitat loss and overfishing. This relatively deep-bodied Paretroplus reaches 30 centimetres (12 in) in length. It shares a large part of its range with a cichlid from another genus, Ptychochromis grandidieri.

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