Limnothrissa miodon


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Limnothrissa miodon
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1906)
Common Name(s):
English Lake Tanganyika Sardine
Pellonula miodon Boulenger, 1906

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 where it is very widespread with no major widespread threats known.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it is also found in the lower Malagarasi. It has been introduced to Lake Kivu and the man-made lakes Kariba and Cabora Bassa.
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of
Mozambique; Rwanda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Adults inhabit the pelagic zone, but reproducing populations and juveniles are found in bays and inshore waters and even in river deltas. It is a major commercial fish in Lake Tanganyika (the second after Stolothrissa tanganicae), Lake Kivu and Lake Kariba.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Over-fishing in pelagic zone (on adults) and in inshore (on larvae).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known.

Citation: Ntakimazi, G. 2006. Limnothrissa miodon. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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