Mesobola spinifer 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Mesobola spinifer (Bailey & Matthes, 1971)
Common Name(s):
English Malagarasi Sardine

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Natakimazi, G. & Hanssens, M.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Widespread throughout two major river systems (Ruaha, Malagarasi) and the Lake Rukwa basin. It has no known major, widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Malagarasi and Ruaha rivers and Lake Rukwa system (Seegers 1996).
Countries occurrence:
Burundi; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population:Not known, but rare in fisheries catches.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Prefers well-aerated open flowing water but can also be collected in pools of stagnant water, usually these pools are remnant parts of rivers which are dried out in the dry season (Seegers 1996). Probably feeds on zooplankton and small insects and crustaceans (Seegers 1996). Probably migrates for spawning (Seegers 1996).

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Natakimazi, G. & Hanssens, M. 2006. Mesobola spinifer. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61272A12456409. . Downloaded on 23 May 2018.
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