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Copadichromis verduyni

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Copadichromis verduyni
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)
Justification:
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is only known from two locations at Fort Maguire and the Nsinje River mouth.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs on the east coast at Fort Maguire, north of Makanjila Point (Malawi). Also occurs on the coast between the Nsinje River outlet and the Mozambican border. May have wider distribution along the Mozambican coast.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi; Mozambique
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Common in rocky and intermediate habitats at depths between 7–40 m. North of Nsinje river most individuals are found at an average depth of 15 m. Females and breeding males are found in large schools feeding on plankton in the mid-water. This species also feeds from rocky and sandy substrates. Males do not construct a nest but rather defend territories over rock and sand. Breeding occurs throughout the year. Known as "Haplochromis Borleyi Eastern" in the aquarium trade (exported regularly from Ntekete and Masinje in Malawi).
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.
Citation: Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2006. Copadichromis verduyni. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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