Tylochromis polylepis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tylochromis polylepis
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1900)
Pelmatochromis polylepis Boulenger, 1900

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Ntakimazi, G.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Endemic to Lake Tanganyika and lower reaches of major affluent rivers where it is widespread and has no known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika and also the lower reaches of major inflowing rivers, including The Malagarasi and Rusizi.
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: Common in fisheries catches, although not abundant.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in very shallow inshore waters (0–1 m deep) on soft bottoms along the lakeshore and in river deltas and lagoons. Feeds mostly on plant debris.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Beach seining. Siltation and water turbidity in the inshore zone.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Ntakimazi, G. 2006. Tylochromis polylepis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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