Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Protomelas virgatus
Species Authority: (Trewavas, 1935)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 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 only known from two restricted locations.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs at Monkey Bay and Nkhomo Reef (near Benga). May also occur at Makanjila point (this needs to be verified).
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: At Nkhomo reef it occurs over a sand habitat at a depth of about 16 m. Feeds on plankton, insects and crustaceans. Males in breeding colouration are seen throughout the year. Is not exported in the aquarium trade.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Restricted range. Subsistence fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Part of the population is enclosed with the Lake Malawi National Park.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Protomelas virgatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61089A12431186. . Downloaded on 06 October 2015.
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