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Maylandia elegans

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Maylandia elegans
Species Authority: (Trewavas, 1935)

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)
Justification:
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is widespread through the lake and has no major, widespread threats identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs almost throughout the lake although it has not been observed north of Hai reef on the eastern shore.
Countries:
Native:
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: Adult males occur in the open sandy areas usually in small groups at depth below 10 m. Females and juveniles remain near rocks or plants. Some juveniles have been observed hiding in empty shells of Lanistes nyassanus. It feeds from the upper silty layer that covers the sand, picking benthic invertebrates. Also known to feed on plankton and algae. Occurs in shallow water trawl catches in the southern part of Lake Malawi and also occurs in seine catches the south eastern arm of Lake Malawi as well as in Lake Malombe. Known as "Pseudotropheus elegan" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: males attain a maximum total length of 16 cm.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Maylandia elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 October 2014.
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