Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Nimbochromis polystigma
Species Authority: (Regan, 1922)

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)
Endemic to Lake Malawi. The main threat to this species is overfishing. A local decline in fishery catches is recorded for the southern parts of the lake, possibly due to the commercial trawl fishery, but the population is widespread throughout the rest of the lake where the trawl fishery is absent. Overall this species is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi with a lake-wide distribution.
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Most common in intermediate habitats or in vegetated habitats. A piscivore that may hunt as an individual or as part of a group. Territorial males defend spawning sites among the rocks of the intermediate habitat They may spawn on rock or sand substrates. Females guard the fry. Known as 'Haplochromis polystigma’ in the aquarium trade.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2006. Nimbochromis polystigma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60890A12414185. . Downloaded on 06 October 2015.
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