Placidochromis electra 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Placidochromis electra (Burgess, 1979)
Common Name(s):
English Deep Water Hap

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)
Widespread throughout parts of Lake Malawi where it has no known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs at Likoma Island as well as Nkhata Bay and on the Mozambican shore from Chiwindi to Lumbauco at Mara Point, and from Lumessi to the Malawi border and further south to Ntekete in Malawi.
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique
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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:Occurs over sand and is sometimes observed in the intermediate habitat. It is most common at 7 m but can occur at a depth of 15 m. Feeds on invertebrates and algae from the debris that is stirred up by larger digging cichlids such as Lethrinops praeorbitalis. A nest is not constructed as spawning occurs on the sand or rock. Eggs are fertilised inside the female’s mouth. Known as "Deep Water Hap, Haplochromis Jahni" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: 17 cm.

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Placidochromis electra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60981A12421847. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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