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Maylandia heteropicta

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CICHLIDAE

Scientific Name: Maylandia heteropicta
Species Authority: (Staeck, 1980)
Taxonomic Notes: In the original discription the type locality was indicated as Thumbi West Island, Lake Malawi but no forms resembling the paratype have been observed or collected at the type locality. The scientific name was applied erroneosly to a large species from Thumbi West Island given the cheironym Pseudotropheus sp. 'black dorsal heteropictus' (Konings 1995).

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 is only known from a single restricted location: Chisumulu Island.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Observed at Chizumulu Island.
Countries:
Native:
Malawi
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in the intermediate habitat, in sediment free clear water. Females are common in the upper 5–10 m of the intermediate habitat. Known as "Pseudotropheus newsi" in the aquarium trade.
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 heteropicta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 December 2014.
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