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Synodontis unicolor 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Central Africa
Language: English
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Siluriformes Mochokidae

Scientific Name: Synodontis unicolor Boulenger, 1915

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-16
Assessor(s): Moelants, T., Snoeks, J., Laleye, P. & Contreras-MacBeath, T.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J., Collen, B., Darwall, W.R.T., Ram, M., Smith, K. & Allen, D.J.
Justification:
Although there are threats known in the Luapula-Mweru region (overfishing), the species is listed as Least Concern because it has a relatively broad distribution.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from the Luapula-Mweru system, Upper Congo River basin.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population:Currently, there is a lack of detailed population numbers and the global trend is unknown.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:S. unicolor is a benthopelagic species. It is oviparous with distinct pairing during breeding (Breder and Rosen 1966).
Systems:Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Overfishing in Luapula and Lake Mweru with drawnets pose threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Since 2007 it has been prohibited to fish in Lake Mweru and the Luapula River on the Congolese site of the border. In Zambia, there is the Kasanka National Park around Lake Bangweulu. The fines didn’t work in this region. Even scientific collections were stopped. The government has burned 10,000 nets after measuring the nets. The governor (Morris Katunge) has paid the fishermen. Since 1st of May 2008, fishing was allowed again, but with controlled mesh sizes.

Citation: Moelants, T., Snoeks, J., Laleye, P. & Contreras-MacBeath, T. 2010. Synodontis unicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T169455A6631631. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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