Nyassachromis prostoma 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Eastern Africa
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Nyassachromis prostoma (Trewavas, 1935)
Copadichromis prostoma (Trewavas, 1935)
Taxonomic Source(s): Konings, A. 2016. Malawi Cichlids in their natural habitat, 5th edition. Cichlid Press, El Paso, USA.
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)]. This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List in the genus Copadichromis but is now valid in the genus Nyassachromis (Konings 2016).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
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. Fairly widespread distribution with no major widespread threats identified.
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Geographic Range [top]

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

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potentially over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List in the genus Copadichromis but is now valid in the genus Nyassachromis (Konings 2016). An amended assessment has been produced to reflect this taxonomic change.

Citation: Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2017. Nyassachromis prostoma (amended version of 2006 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T60873A120691485. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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