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Dimidiochromis compressiceps

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Dimidiochromis compressiceps
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1908)
Common Name/s:
English Malawi Eyebiter

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, the upper Shire and Lake Malombe where it is widespread with no major widespread threats identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi, the Upper Shire River and Lake Malombe.
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 vegetated areas in shallow water. Sometimes also observed in rocky habitats. It is an ambush predator feeding on other small fishes. Known as "Haplochromis Compressiceps" in the aquarium trade.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potential over-fishing: Over-collection for the aquarium trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.
Citation: Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2006. Dimidiochromis compressiceps. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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