Plecodus paradoxus

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Plecodus paradoxus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Plecodus
Species: P. paradoxus
Binomial name
Plecodus paradoxus
Boulenger, 1898
  • Perissodus paradoxus (Boulenger, 1898)
  • Plecodus bimaculatus Steindachner, 1909

Plecodus paradoxus is a species of cichlid endemic to Lake Tanganyika. This fish is a scale-eater, gathering in large schools exceeding 500 individuals and eating the scales of other fish. This species can reach a length of 30 centimetres (12 in) TL.[2]


  1. Ntakimazi, G. 2006. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <>. Downloaded on 23 May 2013.
  2. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Plecodus paradoxus" in FishBase. April 2013 version.