|Scientific Name:||Cyprichromis leptosoma|
|Species Authority:||(Boulenger, 1898)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)|
Widespread distribution in the southern part of Lake Tanganyika with no major widespread threats identified.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Lake Tanganyika and known only from the southern end.|
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|Population:||The population size is not known.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species lives in relatively deep water having been caught at 80 m. It is known to be a mouthbrooder and is adapted to life at considerable depths off rocky slopes. Possibly localised to the southern end of lake. A protrusable mouth forms a suction tube as an adaptation for feeding on pelagic zooplankton. Spawns on a rocky surface.|
|Major Threat(s):||Sedimentation; over-exploitation by the aquarium trade; and water pollution.|
|Conservation Actions:||The species is not protected by any specific legislation.|
Brichard, P. 1989. Pierre Brichard's Book of Cichlids and All the Other Fishes of Lake Tanganyika. THF Publications Inc., Neptune, United States.
Coulter, G.W. 1991. Lake Tanganyika and its life. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
Daget, J., Gosse, J.P., Teugels, G.G. and Thys van den Audenaerde, D.F.E. (eds). 1991. Check-list of the Freshwater Fishes of Africa (CLOFFA IV) ISNB, Brussels and MRAC, Tervuren, Belgium, and ORSTOM, Paris, France.
IUCN. 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 04 May 2006.
|Citation:||Bigirimana, C. 2006. Cyprichromis leptosoma. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 May 2013.|
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