The genus Tropheops belongs to the Cichlid family (Cichlidae). Currently, there are 11 officially described species, but many are still awaiting their official description.
The name Tropheops is derived from the Tropheus genus from Lake Tanganyika. Tropheus is combined with the ancient Greek ‘ops’, which means ‘eye’. In this combination, it means something like ‘looks like Tropheus’.
Tropheops have a fairly narrow mouth which is facing downwards. They have closely spaced bicuspid teeth. These are very well designed to pull algae off the rocks.
Below you will find a list of the species that fall within this genus that we have not yet included in the database. Below the list, with photo, the species we have already added.