Pseudotropheus modestus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Pseudotropheus modestus
Species Authority: Johnson, 1974
Taxonomic Notes: Previously known under the cheironym Pseudotropheus sp. 'Elongatus Bar' (Ribbink et al. 1983, Konings 1990).

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 Lake Malawi where is only know from a single island location.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Recorded at the Maleri 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: Occurs in sediment rich rocky habitats where it feeds on algae, which it combs from the rock surfaces. Territorial males are seen throughout the year and they defend their territories vigorously. In shallow waters solitary females may also defend a feeding territory. Spawning occurs inside the male's cave. It has not been exported in the aquarium trade (1990).
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Restricted range. Sedimentation of the rocky shore habitats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Within the Lake Malawi National Park.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Pseudotropheus modestus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61172A12445420. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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