Varicorhinus leleupanus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Varicorhinus leleupanus
Species Authority: Matthes, 1959

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Ntakimazi, G.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Endemic to Rusizi river and some other streams inflowing into the northern end Lake Tanganyika. Small population inferred as very rare in fisheries catches. Less than 5 locations. Threatened by sedimentation and water turbidity due to erosion on the watershed.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to the northern end of lake Tanganyika and the Rusizi River.
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Population [top]

Population: A rare species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in both deep and flowing waters where it feeds on varied benthic food items including, insects, ostracods and worms.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water turbidity due to erosion of river basins.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Ntakimazi, G. 2006. Varicorhinus leleupanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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