Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Cynotilapia axelrodi
Species Authority: Burgess, 1976

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 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)
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it has only been recorded at three restricted locations at Mundolo Point, Chilombo Bay and Lions Cove.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Recorded from Mundola Point, south of Nkhata Bay, Chilombo Bay and Lions Cove.
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs over a sand substrate but may also occur in the intermediate zone. Most numerous in 4–10 m depth but can occur as deep as 20 m. Feeds on plankton as well as from sandy and rocky substrata. Males dig saucer shaped spawning sites where they aggressively defend their territories. Non-territorial individuals of both sexes form schools numbering between 20–150 members, which usually remain in the water column 1–2 m above the sand substratum. Known as " Pseudotropheus Kingsizei" in the aquarium trade.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potential over-fishing. Sedimentation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P. 2006. Cynotilapia axelrodi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60939A12425593. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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