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Maylandia callainos

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Maylandia callainos
Species Authority: (Stauffer & Hert, 1992)
Taxonomic Notes: Differs from other individuals in the genus (except for M. benetos) in that individuals have a pale blue ground colour with the absence of distinct black vertical bars. The females of M. callainos are either light blue or white, while females of M. benetos are brown with green highlights.

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)
Justification:
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it has only been recorded as naturally occurring at a single restricted location: Nkhata Bay.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs at Nkhata bay, introduced at Likoma, Namalenje and Thumbi West Islands.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs along the rocky shores and rock outcroppings. Feeds on loose algae, which it scrapes from the rocks. It is a polymorphic cichlid known as "Cobalt Zebra" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: 8.01 cm (SL).
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Sedimentation. Collection for the aquarium trade. Subsistence fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Maylandia callainos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 October 2014.
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