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Rhamphochromis woodi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Rhamphochromis woodi
Species Authority: Regan, 1922
Taxonomic Notes: Junior synonyms as proposed by Turner et al. (2001) = Rhamphochromis lucius Ahl, 1926; Rhamphochromis brevis Trewavas, 1935.

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. & Mailosi, A.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Justification:
Endemic to Lake Malawi.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi with a lake-wide distribution in both offshore and inshore habitats.
Countries:
Native:
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: Piscivorous. The adults feed mainly on Diplotaxodon spp. and "usipa" while the smaller fishes feed mainly on "usipa". Recorded from depths of 8 to 121 m. Length at maturity for males is 16.4 cm SL and females 19.8 cm SL. This species has a fecundity of up to 546 eggs. Juveniles are found in the inshore shelf regions as well as the benthic zone of the southeastern arm of the lake. Max. size: 40.2 cm.Mid water and bottom trawls in the southern part of the lake catch many juveniles and some adults. Also caught by gill nets and hand lines especially in the northern area of the lake.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): A potential threat is the trawl fishery operating in the shallow sandy areas used by this species as nursery grounds.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2006. Rhamphochromis woodi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 October 2014.
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