Protomelas similis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Protomelas similis
Species Authority: (Regan, 1922)

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)
Widespread throughout lakes Malawi and Malombe with no major widespread threats identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to, and widespread throughout, Lakes Malawi and Malombe.
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 shallow vegetated (Vallisernia) areas where mouth brooding females hide among the weeds. Herbivorous, feeding on plant material (leaves of higher plants). Territorial males clear a circular area among the weeds exposing the sand below, making a spawning site. Known as "Haplochromis similis" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: 17 cm.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Protomelas similis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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