Aplocheilichthys katangae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae

Scientific Name: Aplocheilichthys katangae
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1912)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Striped Topminnow, Lulua River Lamprey, Blackstripe Lampeye
Aplocheilichthys luluae (Fowler, 1930)
Haplochilus katangae Boulenger, 1912
Haplochilus luluae (Fowler, 1930)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
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.

Geographic Range [top]

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.
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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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: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 [top]

Use and Trade: This is a commercially important aquarium fish. It is also harvested for consumption, and for research.

Threats [top]

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 [top]

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 28 October 2016.
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