Melanochromis melanopterus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Melanochromis melanopterus
Species Authority: Trewavas, 1935
Melanochromis mellitus Johnson, 1976

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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 widespread with no major widespread threats identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi where it has a lake wide distribution apart from a few islands where it does not occur such as Chinyankwazi and Chinyamwezi islands.
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in the rocky habitat, but sometimes observed in the intermediate zone. Its dark colouration blends well with the dark caves and recesses in which it lives. It is an omnivore feeding on fish, invertebrates as well as aufwuchs and plankton. Adults usually are solitary but sub-adults can occur in small groups of about six individuals. Known by its scientific name in the aquarium trade.
Systems: Freshwater

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 melanopterus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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