Aulonocara kandeense 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Eastern Africa
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Aulonocara kandeense Tawil & Allgayer, 1987
Common Name(s):
English Blue Orchid Aulonocara
Aulonocara kandeensis Tawil & Allgayer, 1987
Aulonocara maylandi ssp. kandeensis Tawil & Allgayer, 1987
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. and Van der Laan, R. (eds). 2017. Catalog of Fishes: genera, species, references. Updated 30 June 2017. Available at: (Accessed: 30 June 2017).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Endemic to Lake Malawi, recorded from only one location: Kande Island.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi. Only recorded from Kande Island.
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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:Rock dwelling cichlid. Females forage some distance away from rocks. Broods consist of numerous (sometimes over 100) small fry. Feeds on molluscs. Females known as "Blue Orchid Aulonocara" in the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potentially the aquarium trade. Localised over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P. 2006. Aulonocara kandeense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61068A12435654. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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