Protomelas pleurotaenia


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Protomelas pleurotaenia
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1901)

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 major widespread threats determined.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs throughout the lake.
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 intermediate and vegetated habitats ranging in depth from the surface water to about 10 m although it has, on occasion, been reported to occur as deep as 20 m. Males construct saucer shaped nests against a rock in shallow water. Feeds on invertebrates from the sand or mud by blowing into the upper sediment to expose them (especially around the roots of plants). Known as "Haplochromis similis" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: 14 cm.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Protomelas pleurotaenia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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