Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Petrotilapia chrysos
Species Authority: Stauffer & van Snik, 1996

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 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)
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is restricted to two small island locations.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is known from the southern part of the lake at Chinyamwezi and Chinyankhwazi Islands
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in the rocky habitat and forages in the water column feeding on plankton. Territorial males occur below 3 m depth whereas the non-territorial males are observed in shallower water. Exported in the aquarium trade.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potentially, localised over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Petrotilapia chrysos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60963A12420544. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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