Copadichromis mbenji


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Copadichromis mbenji
Species Authority: Konings, 1990

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)
Endemic to Lake Malawi, only recorded from one restricted location at Mbenji Island.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Only known from one location at Mbenji Island.
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in the intermediate habitat at a depth range of 8–30 m. Females and non-breeding males forage in mid-water for plankton. Breeding occurs throughout the year (low activity during the rainy season). Mature males build cave crater nests in the intermediate habitat. Known as "Quads" or "Haplochromis quadrimaculatus" in the aquarium trade (previously thought to be a form of Copadichromis quadrimaculatus).
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potential over-fishing. Collection for the aquarium trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2006. Copadichromis mbenji. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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