Chindongo ater 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Eastern Africa
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Chindongo ater (Stauffer, 1988)
Pseudotropheus ater Stauffer, 1988
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 as Pseudotropheus ater Stauffer, 1988 but is now valid in the genus Chindongo Li, Konings & Stauffer, 2016.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 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 only known from two restricted island locations.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs at Chinyankwazi and Chinyamwezi Islands.
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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:Found in rocky habitats inhabiting caves in a sediment free environment at depths of between 3-15 m. Feeds on loose aufwuchs from the rock surface. Also feeds on plankton. Territorial males are observed throughout the year. Females have also been observed defending territories. Spawning occurs inside the male's caves. Not exported in the aquarium trade (1990). Max. size: 11 cm TL.

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List as Pseudotropheus ater Stauffer, 1988 but is now valid in the genus Chindongo Li, Konings & Stauffer, 2016. An amended assessment has been produced to reflect this taxonomic change.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2017. Chindongo ater (amended version of 2006 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T61161A117648333. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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