Melanochromis joanjohnsonae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Melanochromis joanjohnsonae
Species Authority: (Johnson, 1974)
Common Name(s):
English Pearl Of Likoma

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
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 occurs naturally at only one restricted location at Likoma Island.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi. Originally endemic to Likoma Island but was introduced at Thumbi West Island where it is now common.
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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:Inhabits rocky biotopes preferring the upper 4 m of the rocky habitat. It feeds on invertebrates from the biocover as well as algae. Breeding males occur all year round. The males possess a foraging territory of about 3 m in diameter. Known by its scientific name or by the names: "Pearl of Likoma, Melanochromis exasperatus or Melanochromis textilis" in the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Melanochromis joanjohnsonae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61118A12440954. . Downloaded on 23 July 2017.
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