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Copadichromis geertsi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Copadichromis geertsi
Species Authority: Konings, 1999

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Justification:
Endemic to Lake Malawi, currently only recorded at two locations. No widespread major threats identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Found along the eastern coast of Lake Malawi between Nsinje river and the rocky shore north of Gome village. Also observed at Thundu much further north in Mozambique. Not yet observed in the areas between these two localities
Countries:
Native:
Malawi; Mozambique
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in intermediate habitats at depths ranging between 25–50 m. Rarely found in shallower waters. Females sometimes observed foraging in groups in the open water and single individuals can be found in between males' territories. Feeds on particulate matter taken from the water column. Males build cave crater nests in the intermediate habitat at depths greater than 25 m. Mouthbrooding females swim to shallow water where they release their offspring among the schools of juvenile utaka commonly found above nests of kampango (Bagrus meridionalis). Known as Copadichromis sp. 'Virginalis Blotch' in the aquarium trade.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potentially over-fishing. Sedimentation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2006. Copadichromis geertsi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 31 August 2014.
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