Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Danakilia franchettii
Species Authority: (Vinciguerra, 1931)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Getahun, A.
Reviewer(s): Stiassny, M. & Brooks, E.
This species is found only in Lake Afdera, which has a surface area of less than 125 km2. The habitat is highly affected by human activities in the salt production process from the lake.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from Lake Afdera in the Danakil of Ethiopia, where it is found predominantly in the vicinity of hot springs that flow into the lake and its surrounding swamps.
Countries occurrence:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: 125
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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: It is found predominantly in the vicinity of hot springs that flow into the lake and its surrounding swamps.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): According to Getahun (2001), a new gravel road connecting Lake Adfera to the main road to Assab is under construction. One objective is to mine the lake as a source of salt, and production is underway. Salt extraction involves canalization, and water level drops are anticipated.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available, but more measures are required to ensure the protection and preservation of this species and its habitat.

Citation: Getahun, A. 2010. Danakilia franchettii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T181792A7735343. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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