|Scientific Name:||Nimbochromis venustus|
|Species Authority:||(Boulenger, 1908)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern 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 and Lake Malombe. The main threat to this species is overfishing. A local decline in fishery catches is recorded for the southern parts of the lake, possibly due to the commercial trawl fishery, but the population is widespread throughout the rest of the lake where the trawl fishery is absent. Overall this species is assessed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Lake Malawi and Lake Malombe where it is widely distributed over sand habitats in both lakes.|
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|Population:||No information available.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Observed over sandy substrates at depths of 15–20 m although the juveniles are found in shallow waters near rocks. Individuals can also be seen among macrophyte beds in shallow water. Breeding occurs on the sand. It is an ambush predator feeding on other fish and invertebrates. Known as ‘Haplochromis venustus’ in the aquarium trade. Max. size: 22.5 cm TL.|
|Major Threat(s):||No information available.|
|Conservation Actions:||No information available.|
Eccles, D.H. and Trewavas, E. 1989. Malawian cichlid fishes. The classification of some Haplochromine genera. Lake Fish Movies, Herten, Germany.
IUCN. 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 04 May 2006.
Konings, A. 1990. Konings's Book of Cichlids and All the Other Fishes of Lake Malawi. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City New Jersey.
Konings, A. 1995. Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat. Second Edition. Cichlid Press, St. Leon-Rot, Germany.
Turner, G. 1995. Offshore Cichlids of Lake Malawi. Cichlid Press, Lauenau, Germany.
|Citation:||Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2006. Nimbochromis venustus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 May 2013.|
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