|Scientific Name:||Tropheus polli|
|Species Authority:||Axelrod, 1977|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)|
Endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it is only known from two restricted locations at Bulu Point and the Kungwe Mountain range.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it is distributed in the central east coast of the lake (around Bulu Point). A single distinct race of this species has been found along the Kungwe Mountain range.|
Native:Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of
|Range Map:||Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.|
|Population:||The population size is not known.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||The habitat of Tropheus is solid rock, either anchored and part of the hard core of the coast interlocking rubble, or even the sandstone slabs lining a sand beach. Loose pebbles rolling about in the surf and silted-over habitats are avoided. The vertical depth range depends on the depth to which the epiphytic algae are growing and this varies from one species to another and from one part of the lake to another.|
|Major Threat(s):||Sedimentation. Over-exploitation for the aquarium trade.|
|Conservation Actions:||There are no conservation measures in place for this species.|
Brichard, P. 1989. Pierre Brichard's Book of Cichlids and All the Other Fishes of Lake Tanganyika. THF Publications Inc., Neptune, United States.
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. Tropheus polli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 August 2014.|