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Tropheus brichardi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Tropheus brichardi
Species Authority: Nelissen & Thys van den Audenaerde, 1975

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Bigirimana, C.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Justification:
Widely distributed throughout its range with no known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it is widely distributed throughout the central parts of the lake but is absent in the far north and south. There are several varieties/races of this species. The main distribution appears to be north of Kigoma to the south of Rumonge. The northernmost habitat appears to be "corniche" of Nyanza Lac from which the first "shoko" were identified and exported.
Countries:
Native:
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The habitat of Tropheus is solid rock, either anchored and part of the hard core of the coast interlocking rubble, or even the sandstone slabs lining a sand beach. Loose pebbles rolling about in the surf and silted-over habitats are avoided. The vertical depth range depends on the depth to which the epiphytic algae are growing and this varies from one species to another and from one part of the lake to another.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Heavily exploited by the aquarium trade. Their habitat has also been impacted by deforestation which results in erosion, sedimentation, etc.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place for this species.

Citation: Bigirimana, C. 2006. Tropheus brichardi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 December 2014.
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