Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Melanochromis simulans
Species Authority: Eccles, 1973

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 is thought to be widespread along the Mozambique shore. It has no known major, widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs on the coast from Makanjila Point and the Mozambican border. It also occurs further north along the shores of Mozambique up to Nkhungu.
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in the intermediate habitat in shallow water of about 10 m. It has also been observed occasionally in water of 20 m. Observed feeding from the biocover. This species is non-territorial and the males are usually found solitary, although small groups of females have been observed among rocks. 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 simulans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61128A12442573. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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