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Paretroplus menarambo
Common Name Pinstripe Menarambo and Pinstripe Damba
Range Sofia River system in northwestern Madagascar.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Cichlidae
Genus Paretroplus
Species Paretroplus menarambo
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered

The Pinstripe menarambo or pinstripe damba (Paretroplus menarambo), is a species of cichlid in the family Cichlidae. It is endemic in floodplain lakes in the Sofia River system in northwestern Madagascar. It is threatened by invasive species and over-fishing. It is part of a captive breeding program by public institutions like London Zoo and Bolton Museum and among fishkeeping hobbyists. It was formerly classified as extinct in the wild by the IUCN, but a remnant population has recently been discovered in Lake Tseny. The same lake also has populations of the related Paretroplus kieneri and Paretroplus lamenabe, and the round herring Sauvagella robusta. The pinstripe menarambo is a relatively deep-bodied Paretroplus that reaches 25 centimetres (9.8 in) in length.