Lethrinops microstoma 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Lethrinops microstoma Trewavas, 1931
Common Name(s):
English Littletooth Sandeater

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)
Endemic to Lake Malawi with a wide distribution and no known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi with a lake-wide distribution.
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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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:It occurs in shallow sandy and intermediate habitats mostly in sheltered bays when it is breeding. After breeding season (August to November) it is no longer seen in such areas indicating that this species may migrate to deeper levels when not breeding. Territorial males build large sand castle nests on the sand. Breeding males congregate into colonies (sometimes more than 50 individuals). It feeds by filtering sand through its gills looking for food items (invertebrates). It also feeds on zooplankton from the open water. Known as "Lethrinops Yellow-Black Dorsal or Lethrinops auritus" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: 10 cm TL.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Lethrinops microstoma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61042A12434064. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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