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Haplochromis pitmani 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Eastern Africa
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Haplochromis pitmani Fowler, 1936

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-03-31
Assessor(s): Witte, F. & de Zeeuw, M.P.
Reviewer(s): Darwall, W. & Smith, K.
Justification:
No information is available on population densities from the past or present. The species is known only by the three type specimens. More information is needed on this species before a full assessment can be made.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Lake Victoria, where it has been recorded in surveys carried out in Uganda (Greenwood 1981).
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Uganda
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1134
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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:No information known about the habitat. It is classified as a piscivore (sensu stricto).
Systems:Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is fished, although not targeted specifically.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species are not fully understood, but are likely to include hybridization due to decreased water transparency (on account of eutrophication and erosion leading to increased sedimentation and runoff) interfering with mate recognition visual cues (Mrosso et al. 2003). This species is fished, although not targeted specifically.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More information is needed on the presence and range of this species within the lake. Many fish species within Lake Victoria have suffered severe and dramatic declines since the introduction of the Nile Perch. Although numbers of the perch have now decreased, the degradation of the water quality is also thought to be having a significant impact on some fish species. More research is needed to monitor this species and how it is affected by these threats, as well as establishing the extent of its range within the lake. Policy based action is needed to decrease the degradation of the lake, as well as to prevent over fishing. Protected areas should also be established.

Citation: Witte, F. & de Zeeuw, M.P. 2010. Haplochromis pitmani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T169469A6635562. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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