|Scientific Name:||Aplocheilichthys katangae|
|Species Authority:||(Boulenger, 1912)|
Aplocheilichthys luluae (Fowler, 1930)
Haplochilus katangae Boulenger, 1912
Haplochilus luluae (Fowler, 1930)
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Bills, R., Kazembe, J., Marshall, B., Moelants, T. & Tweddle, D.|
|Reviewer(s):||Snoeks, J., Tweddle, D., Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P., Paugy, D., Zaiss, R., Fishar, M.R.A & Brooks, E.|
This species has a wide distribution, with no known major widespread threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern. It has also been assessed regionally as Least Concern for central and southern Africa. In east Africa it only occurs in one location - in the Lower Shire River in Malawi, and is therefore assessed as Vulnerable.
|Range Description:||This species is widespread from the Democratic Republic of Congo to South Africa.
Central Africa: Aplocheilichthys katangae is found in the southern Congo River system (Lualaba and Kasai Rivers and from the Luapula system).
Eastern Africa: Within the east Africa region it only occurs in Malawi, in the Lower Shire River.
Southern Africa: It is known from eastern Angola (Cunene, Cubanga Rivers), northeastern Botswana (Chobe and Okavango Rivers), Zambia (Kafue and Luapula Rivers), northern Zimbabwe (Zambezi River), Malawi (Shire), Mozambica and Namibia (Huber 2006). It is also known from northeastern South Africa to Natal.
Native:Angola (Angola); Botswana; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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|Population:||No information available.|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Aplocheilichthys katangae is a benthopelagic, non-migratory species. It is found in shallow and weedy parts of small rivers, brooks and swamps (Wildekamp et al. 1986), but is uncommon in floodplains. It feeds on insect larvae, daphnia and other small invertebrates. It is a serial spawner and lays eggs on vegetation. This species is useful as a mosquito control agent (Skelton 1993). It is not a seasonal killifish. This species is difficult to maintain in aquarium (Huber 1996).|
|Use and Trade:||This is a commercially important aquarium fish. It is also harvested for consumption, and for research.|
|Major Threat(s):||This is a commercially important aquarium fish. It is also threatened by sedimentation in rivers and streams leading to habitat degradation.|
|Conservation Actions:||The species has some protection in game reserves in southern Africa.|
|Citation:||Bills, R., Kazembe, J., Marshall, B., Moelants, T. & Tweddle, D. 2010. Aplocheilichthys katangae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T181717A7713409. . Downloaded on 29 May 2016.|
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