|Scientific Name:||Mchenga cyclicos (Stauffer, Lovullo & McKaye, 1993)|
Copadichromis cyclicos Stauffer, Lovullo & McKaye, 1993
|Taxonomic Source(s):||Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. and Van der Laan, R. (eds). 2017. Catalog of Fishes: genera, species, references. Updated 30 June 2017. Available at: http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp. (Accessed: 30 June 2017).|
|Taxonomic Notes:||This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List in the genus Copadichromis Eccles & Trewavas, 1989 but is now valid in the genus Mchenga Stauffer & Konings, 2006.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A.|
|Reviewer(s):||Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)|
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is only recorded at a single restricted location. It may be more widespread but there is no data to support this at present.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Lake Malawi. Collected from Nankhumba Peninsula (southern part of the lake). May be more widespread.|
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|Population:||No information available.|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Forages in the water column where it feeds primarily on zooplankton. Spawns throughout the year with two peaks in January to March and August to September. Males build cone shaped bowers in breeding arenas over sand at depths of 3–7 m.|
|Major Threat(s):||Over-fishing, and inshore sedimentation.|
|Conservation Actions:||Lake Malawi National Park.|
|Amended reason:||This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List in the genus Copadichromis Eccles & Trewavas, 1989 but is now valid in the genus Mchenga Stauffer & Konings, 2006. An amended assessment has been produced to reflect this taxonomic change.|
IUCN. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
IUCN. 2017. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-2. Available at: www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 14 September 2017).
Konings, A. 1995. Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat. Second Edition. Cichlid Press, St. Leon-Rot, Germany.
Stauffer Jr., J.R., LoVullo, T.J. and McKaye, K.R. 1993. Three new sand-dwelling cichlids from Lake Malawi, Africa, with a discussion of the status of the genus Copadichromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Copeia 1993(4): 1017-1027.
Turner, G. 1995. Offshore Cichlids of Lake Malawi. Cichlid Press, Lauenau, Germany.
|Citation:||Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2017. Mchenga cyclicos (amended version of 2006 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T60862A117811199.Downloaded on 24 March 2018.|