|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
IUCN. 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. 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. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.|