Protomelas spilopterus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Protomelas spilopterus
Species Authority: (Trewavas, 1935)
Taxonomic Notes: This species is sometimes classified as Hemitaeniochromis.

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: Mostly occurs in intermediate habitat at an average depth of about 10 m. It is a predator, possibly a paedophage (egg stealer). Territorial males build a semicircular nest against a rock or a circular nest among the rubble in the intermediate habitat. Females guard their offspring after they have been released. Known as "Haplochromis gaisi" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: 23 cm.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Protomelas spilopterus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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