Protomelas fenestratus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Protomelas fenestratus
Species Authority: (Trewavas, 1935)
Common Name(s):
English Fenestratus

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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)
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is widespread with no known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi with a lake-wide distribution.
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in the sediment rich rocky habitats where it feeds by blowing into the sediment to reveal its prey of insect larvae and crustaceans hiding in the biocover. Territorial males build shallow nests between small stones and rocks. Females guard their offspring after they have been released. Known as "Haplochromis steveni Thick Bars and Haplochromis steveni eastern" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: 18 cm.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Protomelas fenestratus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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