Nanochromis transvestitus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Nanochromis transvestitus
Species Authority: Stewart & Roberts, 1984

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-16
Assessor(s): Moelants, T.
Reviewer(s): Brummett, R., Mbe Tawe, A.N., Dening Touokong, C., Reid, G.M., Snoeks, J. Staissny, M., Moelants, T., Mamonekene, V., Ndodet, B., Ifuta, S.N.B., Chilala, A., Monsembula, R., Ibala Zamba, A., Opoye Itoua, O., Pouomogne, V., Darwall, W. & Smith, K.
The species is only known from Lake Mai-N'dombe (Leopold II), which has a surface of 2,300 km². The use of small mesh size nets (mosquito nets) pose a threat to the population size. The species is therefore listed as Endangered.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Nanochromis transvestitus is only known from the Mai-N'dombe Lake near Ipeke (Lake Leopold II) and satellite lakes in the region, Central Congo River system.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Lower depth limit (metres): 1
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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: Nanochromis transvestitus is a demersal species. It mainly feeds on benthic Cladocera, midge larvae, mites and detritus (Stewart and Roberts 1984).
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is harvested for human consumption.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In Lake Mai-N'Dombe, the use of small mesh size nets, mosquito nets are used as fishing nets. These nets are called caterpillar nets because they hold every species that is in the lake. Methane reservoirs discovered under the lake are expected to be exploited.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known.

Citation: Moelants, T. 2010. Nanochromis transvestitus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T182295A7852784. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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