Fossorochromis rostratus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Fossorochromis rostratus (Boulenger, 1899)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Endemic to Lake Malawi, Upper Shire, Lake Malombe and Middle Shire River where it is widespread with no major widespread threats identified

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi, Lake Malombe, Upper and Middle Shire River. Common throughout the Lake Malawi.
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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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:Common in sandy shallow habitats where it prefers quiet water and sheltered bays. Sometimes also observed in rocky shore habitats. Feeds on invertebrates and has also been observed hunting cichlids. Males do not construct nests. Usually occurs in small foraging groups. This species is known to burrow into the sand and hide in order to avoid being caught especially by seine nets. Juveniles use this same behaviour to escape predators. Known as ' Haplochromis Rostratus' in the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potential over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P. 2006. Fossorochromis rostratus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60916A12423126. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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