Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Melanochromis chipokae
Species Authority: Johnson, 1975

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 known from only four restricted locations at Chindunga rocks (near Chipoka), Mumbo, Thumbi West, Mbenji and Nakatenga.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs at Chindunga rocks (near Chipoka), Mumbo, Thumbi West, Mbenji and Nakatenga Islands.
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: Occurs in the intermediate habitat. A predator feeding on fish as well as invertebrates. Territorial males have been observed at Chindunga rocks (where this species commonly occurs). The males dig nests between rocks on the sand. Known by its scientific name in the aquarium trade.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Collection for the aquarium trade. Subsistence fishing. Competition from translocated species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Partially included in the Lake Malawi National Park.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Melanochromis chipokae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61112A12439589. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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