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Placidochromis johnstoni

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Placidochromis johnstoni
Species Authority: (Günther, 1894)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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)
Justification:
Widespread throughout Lake Malawi where it has no known major widespread threats although the demersal trawl fishery has the potential for future overharvesting in the southern part of the lake.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi with a lake-wide distribution. Also occurs in the Upper Shire River.
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: Occurs in shallow sheltered areas with patches of vegetation but can also occur over soft bottom mud/silt habitats and over sand in the intermediate habitats. Feeds on small fishes as well as invertebrates from the bottom sediments. It can be observed foraging in mixed species groups or in groups of its own kind. In such groups only a single male exhibits breeding colouration. Mouth brooding females stay together. Known as "Haplochromis Johnstoni or Kachimanga" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: 16 cm TL.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Placidochromis johnstoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 July 2014.
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