Exochochromis anagenys


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Exochochromis anagenys
Species Authority: (Oliver, 1989)
Common Name(s):
English Threespot Torpedo

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.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Widespread distribution with no major widespread threats identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is widely distributed along the rocky shore.
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 frequently over rocks, but can also be observed over the intermediate habitat. Rarely observed over sandy habitats. Occurs in depths of 5–50 m. A predator that hunts other cichlids by catching them with a sideways strike. This species may not be territorial as the males even hunt in breeding colouration. Known as "Haplochromis Pholidophorus" or "Haplochromis Torpedo Three Spot" in the aquarium trade.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potential over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P. 2006. Exochochromis anagenys. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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