Lethrinops macrophthalmus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Lethrinops macrophthalmus (Boulenger,1908)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 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 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.
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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: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).

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 2006: e.T61046A12434345. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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