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Lethrinops microdon

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Lethrinops microdon
Species Authority: Eccles & Lewis, 1977

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A2bd ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Kazembe, J. & Darwall, W.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Justification:
L. microdon has suffered a recorded decline in fishery catches in the southern part of the lake of more than 70% in the last 10 years. This species is not often recorded outside the southern part of the lake so it is assessed as Endangered, on the assumption that the decline has affected the main part of the population. The threat is ongoing as the trawl fishery continues.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is known to occur in the southeastern arm of the lake.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi
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Population [top]

Population: Declining.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs over soft bottoms that have a thick layer of sedimentary diatoms at depths of 35–100 m. Its preferred depth is 50 m where it is reported to be abundant. It feeds on the diatoms by scooping them from the substrate. Also feeds in the open water on plankton when available. Reported not to have been exported in the aquarium trade (1990). Max. size: 15 cm TL.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kazembe, J. & Darwall, W. 2006. Lethrinops microdon. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 July 2014.
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