Protomelas pleurotaenia 

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

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Protomelas pleurotaenia (Boulenger, 1901)

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 widespread with no major widespread threats determined.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs throughout the lake.
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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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 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.

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 2006: e.T61083A12430358. . Downloaded on 16 August 2018.
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