Protomelas marginatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Protomelas marginatus (Trewavas, 1935)
Taxonomic Notes: Two subspecies having different distributions were described by Trewavas, 1935. P. marginatus marginatus is known from the southern end of the lake and P. marginatus vuae is recorded from Vua and Chilumba (northern region). According to Konings (1990, 1995) these two forms may "represent the extremes of a single widely distributed species. Not until specimens from locations between the two have been examined can anything meaningful be said about their relationship".

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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 quite widespread with no major widespread threats determined.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi where it occurs in the southern end of the lake and also at Vua and Chlumba on the north west coast.
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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 shallow sheltered sandy shores or vegetated areas. Feeds on algae and plant debris. Breeding behaviour unknown.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Protomelas marginatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61082A12430208. . Downloaded on 26 April 2018.
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