Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Copadichromis cyclicos
Species Authority: Stauffer, Lovullo & McKaye, 1993
Taxonomic Notes: This species is from the Copadichromis eucinostous group. Konings 1995 regards the species Copadichromis conophorus, Copadichromis cyclicos and Copadichromis thinos Stauffer, LoVullo & McKaye, 1993 as junior synoyms of Copadichromis eucinostomus. He notes that the distinguishing characteristics for the three species of size and nest shape has been seen to vary in C. eucinostomus and therefore it is likely that one of the above species can be conspecific with C. eucinostomus. However further research is needed.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Collected from Nankhumba Peninsula (southern part of the lake). May be more widespread.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Over-fishing, and inshore sedimentation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Lake Malawi National Park.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.5. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha)
suitability: Suitable  
2. Land/water management -> 2.1. Site/area management

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.1. Intentional use: (subsistence/small scale)
♦ timing: Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

9. Pollution -> 9.3. Agricultural & forestry effluents -> 9.3.2. Soil erosion, sedimentation
♦ timing: Future    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 04 May 2006.

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. 2006. Copadichromis cyclicos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60862A12409667. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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