Tyrannochromis macrostoma 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Eastern Africa
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Tyrannochromis macrostoma (Regan, 1922)
Tyrannochromis maculiceps (Ahl, 1927)
Tyrannochromis polyodon (Trewavas, 1935)
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. and Van der Laan, R. (eds). 2017. Catalog of Fishes: genera, species, references. Updated 30 June 2017. Available at: (Accessed: 30 June 2017).

Assessment Information [top]

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

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi with a lakewide distribution.
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population:Relatively uncommon.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Prefers rocky habitats in sediment rich areas. Adults are more common below 10 m. A piscivore that primarily hunts "mbuna" (rocky shore cichlids). Breeding males are observed throughout the year and defend a temporary spawning site between rocks. Females carrying fry can be seen amongst the rocks in shallower water. The fry are abandoned when they reach about 3 cm in size. Known as "Haplochromis Macrostoma" in the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No known threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Tyrannochromis macrostoma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60941A12425742. . Downloaded on 22 September 2018.
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