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Mylochromis plagiotaenia

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Mylochromis plagiotaenia
Species Authority: (Regan, 1922)

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:
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is recorded from the southern arms of the lake. No major widespread threats have been identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs in the southern arms of the lake.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs frequently in vegetated habitats of sheltered bays. Feeds on invertebrates. Breeding fish have been seen at 3 m depths. Territorial males build nests by clearing a small area within plant beds exposing the sand underneath. Courting males usually occur in colonies. This species has only been sporadically exported. Max. size: Attains a maximum total length of about 12 cm.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potential over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Distribution range incorporates the Lake Malawi National Park.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Mylochromis plagiotaenia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 December 2014.
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