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Copadichromis trewavasae

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Copadichromis trewavasae
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 only known from four restricted locations. Potenitally vulnerable to over-collection for the aquarium trade.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Found along the rocky shores of Likoma Island and Chizumulu Island. May also occur between Msisi and Manda (Tanzania). A small subpopulation is found at Cobwe (Mozambique). The shoreline between Cobwe and Manda, a stretch of more than 200 km, does not seem to harbour this species.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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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 depths of 10–30 m. Frequently found in sediment rich areas with muddy deposits covering the substrate. Feeds on particulate matter from the water column. This species constructs a cave crater nest under and against a small rock. This species is known as Copadichromis sp. "Mloto Likoma" in the aquarium trade and is very popular among aquarists.
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 trewavasae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 December 2014.
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