Konia dikume 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Central Africa
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Konia dikume Trewavas, 1972
Common Name(s):
English Dikume

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-16
Assessor(s): Moelants, T.
Reviewer(s): Brummett, R., Mbe Tawe, A.N., Dening Touokong, C., Reid, G.M., Snoeks, J., Stiassny, M., Moelants, T., Mamonekene, V., Ndodet, B., Ifuta, S.N.B., Chilala, A., Monsembula, R., Ibala Zamba, A., Opoye Itoua, O., Pouomogne, V., Darwall, W.R.T. & Smith, K.
The species is endemic to the crater Lake Barombi Mbo (7 km²). The species is currently major threat is from oil plantations and slash and burn agriculture leading to sedimentation and pollution in the lake (1 location). There are plans to commercial development the area for tourism. There is also a potential threat from the lake 'burping' - CO2 (as in Lake Nyos). In addition deforestation of the surroundings of the crater may cause more wind which could lead to the lake 'turning', as the lake is stratified, lower layer being very low in oxygen and high in organic matter. Higher winds may cause currents in the lake which could cause this lower layer to mix with the upper layer where the fish live. This would cause a massive decrease in oxygen in the water and kills the fish. Together with the water abstraction to supply the town of Kumba (which is likely to increase) and the plans to commercial development the area for tourism, this species is considered Critically Endangered.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:A Lower Guinea endemic, only known from Lake Barombi-Mbo, Cameroon.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:7
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Population [top]

Population:No information available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Trewavas et al. (1972) noted that Konia dikume spends much of its time at depths of 20 m or more. When brought to the surface, freshly caught specimens are covered with a thin film of bright red blood, gills are deep red with gas bubbles enmeshed in the filaments, and swollen capillaries fill the gill cover with blood. Konia dikume mainly feeds on mosquito larvae; possesses elevated levels of haemoglobin in its blood as an adaptation to reduced oxygen levels at great water depth (Lamboj 2004). It is a benthopelagic species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is potentially threatened by crater lake 'burping' - CO2 gasses (pers. comm., Brummet, R.) as in Lake Nyos. There is evidence that the lake released some CO2 in 2007, as many deep water species were found dead on the surface in the middle of the lake, the water was also very turbid (pers. comm., Dening, C.). Deforestation, palm oil plantation and slash and burn agriculture are leading to pollution and sedimentation of the lake. Deforestation of the area surrounding the lake would lead to increased wind and therefore risk of turnover (it is a stratified lake, where the lower part is very low in oxygen and high in organic matter). This would destroy the top stratified layer where the fish live. Water abstraction is also present in the lake to supply the town of Kumba, which is likely to increase. This will also increase the likelihood of the two stratified layers mixing. There are also plans to commercial development the area for tourism. However, there are no introduced species in the lake, and commercial fishing is forbidden in the lake.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Commercial fishing is forbidden in the lake.

Citation: Moelants, T. 2010. Konia dikume. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T11054A3248087. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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