Pseudotropheus fuscus 

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

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Pseudotropheus fuscus Trewavas, 1935
Taxonomic Notes: This species may be conspecific with Maylandia fuscoides (Fryer 1959, Ribbink et al. 1983, Koning 1990, 1995).The only reported difference between these species is their diet and a slight difference in teeth structure.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
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)
Taxonomic uncertainty. It needs to be confirmed as to whether P. fuscus and Maylandia fuscoides are two separate species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs along the northwestern coast between Kande Island and Chilumba.
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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:Mainly seen in shallow water among rocks in sediment free habitat and occasionally in the intermediate habitat close to rocks. Most numerous in water less than 3 m deep and is not seen below 6 m. Adults are aggressive and both sexes hold feeding territories. They feed on algae on the rock surface. Male territories consist of caves. Not been exported in the aquarium trade (1990). Max. size: 11 cm TL.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Sedimentation of the near shore rocky habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Pseudotropheus fuscus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61167A12436916. . Downloaded on 19 July 2018.
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