Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Tropheops microstoma
Species Authority: (Trewavas, 1935)

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)
Endemic to the Nankumba peninsular in Lake Malawi. This range is considered as a single location due to the potential impacts of local fishing and sedimentation, which could effect the entire population.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Records from Monkey Bay to Otter point, Domwe Island, Mumbo and Thumbi West Island.
Countries occurrence:
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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 zone at various depths in both sediment rich and sediment free areas. It prefers the calm waters of sheltered bays. At Chembe beach juveniles are observed over the open sand where they hide in empty shells of Lanistes nyassanus. Its diet consists of algae from rock surfaces as well as invertebrates. Known by its scientific name in the aquarium trade.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Restricted Range. Potential localised over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Much of the population is within the Lake Malawi National Park.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Tropheops microstoma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61158A12444862. . Downloaded on 06 October 2015.
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