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Copadichromis conophorus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Copadichromis conophorus
Species Authority: Stauffer, LoVullo & McKaye, 1993
Taxonomic Notes: This species is from the Copadichromis eucinostous group. Konings 1995 regards the species Copadichromis conophorus, Copadichromis cyclicos and Copadichromis thinos Stauffer, LoVullo & McKaye, 1993 as junior synoyms of Copadichromis eucinostomus. He notes that the distinguishing characteristics for the three species of size and nest shape has been seen to vary in C. eucinostomus and therefore likely that one of the above species can be conspecific with C. eucinostomus. However further research is needed.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 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 where it is known from only one location, the Nankumba Peninsular. It may be more widespread but there are currently no data to support this.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Collected from Nankumba penninsula.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A plankton feeder, foraging in the water column. Spawning occurs throughout the year but peaks from January to March and August to September. Males build cone-shaped bowers (nests) in large breeding arenas off sand beaches in water 3–10 m deep.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Restricted range. Inshore sedimentation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2006. Copadichromis conophorus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 28 July 2014.
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