Otopharynx auromarginatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Otopharynx auromarginatus
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1908)
Common Name(s):
English Golden-margined Hap

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)
Endemic to Lake Malawi and the Upper Shire River where it is widespread with no known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi and the Upper Shire river. It has a lake-wide distribution.
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: This species occurs in the sandy habitat at 10 m depth on average. It feeds from the sediment overlying the sand. Territorial males construct large sand castle nests (approximately one metre in diameter) at water depths of between 10–25 m. Mouth brooding females group together and release their offspring in the shallow water. Known as "Haplochromis Margarette Blotch and Haplochromis Big Blotch" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: 25cm TL.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Otopharynx auromarginatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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