Melanochromis perileucos 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Melanochromis perileucos
Species Authority: Bowers & Stauffer, 1997

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 only known to occur naturally at Likoma Island.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs naturally at Likoma Island. Introduced to Thumbi West Island and Otter point.
Countries occurrence:
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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 in rocky habitats as well as the intermediate habitat. Feeds on algae growing on substrate as well as on plankton.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Subsistence fishing. Competition from translocated species. Sedimentation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Melanochromis perileucos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61126A12442419. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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