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Diplotaxodon argenteus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Diplotaxodon argenteus
Species Authority: Trewavas, 1935

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Kasembe, J.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Justification:
Endemic to Lake Malawi. Widespread distribution with no major widespread threats identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. It is common in the southern part of the lake although found throughout.
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: This species occurs in trawl catches from 34–114 m throughout the southeastern arm of the lake and from 50-125m in the southwestern arm of the lake. It may be a mid-water spawner, in the south western arm 60% of breeding males were caught at 75 m while ripe females were caught between 75-125 m. In the southwestern arm fecundity for this species ranged from 25–53 for females weighing between 55–139 g and the average size at maturity was 14 cm SL. It occurs as bycatch in the mid water trawl catches and also occurs in the catches of deep-water demersal trawls as well as chilimira nets and handlines. Max. size: 20 cm TL.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potential over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Diplotaxodon argenteus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 December 2014.
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