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Pseudotropheus macrophthalmus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Pseudotropheus macrophthalmus
Species Authority: Ahl, 1926

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Snoeks, J., Laleye, P. & Contreras-MacBeath, T.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Darwall, W., Ram, M. & Smith, K. (SRLI Freshwater Fish Evaluation Workshop)
Justification:
Assessed as Least Concern as this species is fairly widespread in Lake Malawi, and although there are a number of threats to the fish of the lake, there is no evidence that the threats are causing significant declines in populations of this species at present.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs on the coast of Lake Malawi. It is present along the east coast of Lake Malawi in Tanzania and Mozambique and on a few places in the north of Malawi on the west coast (Snoeks, pers. comm.).
Countries:
Native:
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Currently, there is a lack of detailed population numbers and the global trend is unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: P. macrophthalmus is a demersal species, which seems to be restricted to the upper 2-4 m of the intermediate habitat in sheltered bays.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Overfishing and pollution threaten the Lake Malawi's fish, especially the cichlids. Clearing of timber for building, firewood and cultivation has increased around the lake. Because of the limnological characteristics of the lake, should it be contaminated, the renewal time would be in the order of 1,700 years (UNEP - Protected Areas Programme 1983).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures or actions known.

Citation: Snoeks, J., Laleye, P. & Contreras-MacBeath, T. 2009. Pseudotropheus macrophthalmus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 September 2014.
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