Map_thumbnail_large_font

Lethrinops macrophthalmus

Status_ne_offStatus_dd_offStatus_lc_offStatus_nt_offStatus_vu_onStatus_en_offStatus_cr_offStatus_ew_offStatus_ex_off

Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Lethrinops macrophthalmus
Species Authority: (Boulenger,1908)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 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 only known from a single location at Nkhotakota.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Known to occur in Nkhotakota area.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in the sandy as well as intermediate habitat. It inhabits sheltered shallow water with vegetation (Vallisneria). In the intermediate habitat it was observed at about 15 m. Feeds on invertebrates and diatoms (by filtering the bottom sediment) as well as plant roots. It has also been observed feeding on plankton. Few individuals are regularly caught in beach seines off sandy shores in quiet bays. Reported not to have been exported in the aquarium trade (1990). Max. size: Total length of 11 cm (males) and about 10 cm (females).
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Lethrinops macrophthalmus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2014.
Disclaimer: To make use of this information, please check the <Terms of Use>.
Feedback: If you see any errors or have any questions or suggestions on what is shown on this page, please fill in the feedback form so that we can correct or extend the information provided