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Melanochromis heterochromis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Melanochromis heterochromis
Species Authority: Bowers & Stauffer, 1993
Taxonomic Notes: Regarded as a junior synonym of M. vermivorus by Konings (1995).

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)
Justification:
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is known from five restricted locations at Chinyamwezi, Chiyankhwazi, Thumbi West and Domwe Islands, and at Mitande rocks.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs at Chinyamwezi and Chinyankhwazi islands as well as Mitande rocks, Thumbi West and Domwe Islands.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in rocky habitat, rare in intermediate habitat. Males are territorial and highly aggressive. Feeds on plankton in the water column as well as seeks food among gaps in the rocks (invertebrates).
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Subsistence fishing. Competitors translocated by the aquarium collectors.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Melanochromis heterochromis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 September 2014.
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