Abactochromis labrosus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Abactochromis labrosus
Species Authority: (Trewavas, 1935)
Melanochromis labrosus Trewavas, 1935
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. 1998. Catalogue of fishes. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.
Taxonomic Notes: On the basis of research conducted by Oliver and Arnegard, 2010 this species has been moved from the genus Melanochromis to Abactochromis.

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 rare but widespread. It has no known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs all around the lake, but is a rare cichlid.
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:Occurs among small and medium sized rocks in water less than 8m deep. Remains hidden among the rocks and appears to be rare. It moves from rock to rock, sucking benthic invertebrates and loose aufwuchs with its large lips in cracks and grooves. It occurs frequently at islands and along the northeastern shores of the lake. Known as "Haplochromis labrosus" or by its scientific name 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. 2017. Abactochromis labrosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T61120A113464654. . Downloaded on 26 May 2017.
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