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Copadichromis prostoma

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Copadichromis prostoma
Species Authority: (Trewavas, 1935)
Taxonomic Notes: This species has a dark lateral stripe on the body. Konings 1995 regards this species as belonging to the genus Nyassachromis due to its basic pigmentation pattern as well as its habit of constructing spawning cones, since all other species in the genus Copadichromis have spots or lack pattern on the flanks and are not known to build spawning cones on sand [except for Copadichromis likomae (Iles, 1960)].

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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. Fairly widespread distribution with no major widespread threats identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Recorded from the northwestern coast but also observed on the east coast near Masinje.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Little information but it is known to be common at some sites.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It prefers shallow water and is rarely seen in large numbers at depths of more than 10 m. Breeds from August to December. It constructs sand castle nests on the sand. A zooplanktivorous feeder.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potentially over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2006. Copadichromis prostoma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 October 2014.
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