Pseudotropheus elegans 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Pseudotropheus elegans Trewavas, 1935
Maylandia elegans (Trewavas, 1935)
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. and Van der Laan, R. (eds). 2017. Catalog of Fishes: genera, species, references. Updated 30 June 2017. Available at: (Accessed: 30 June 2017).
Taxonomic Notes: This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List in the genus Maylandia Meyer & Förster, 1984 but is now valid in the genus Pseudotropheus Regan, 1922.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
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 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 occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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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: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.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List in the genus Maylandia Meyer & Förster, 1984 but is now valid in the genus Pseudotropheus Regan, 1922. An amended assessment has been produced to reflect this taxonomic change.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2017. Pseudotropheus elegans (amended version of 2006 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T61138A117840646. . Downloaded on 27 April 2018.
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