Hemitaeniochromis spilopterus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Hemitaeniochromis spilopterus (Trewavas, 1935)
Protomelas spilopterus (Trewavas, 1935)
Taxonomic Source(s): Konings, A. 2016. Malawi Cichlids in their natural habitat, 5th edition. Cichlid Press, El Paso, USA.
Taxonomic Notes: This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List in the genus Protomelas but is now valid in the genus Hemitaeniochromis (Konings 2016).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
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 known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi with a lake-wide distribution.
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: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.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List in the genus Protomelas but is now valid in the genus Hemitaeniochromis (Konings 2016). An amended assessment has been produced to reflect this taxonomic change.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2017. Hemitaeniochromis spilopterus (amended version of 2006 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T61086A120695669. . Downloaded on 17 March 2018.
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