|Scientific Name:||Protomelas taeniolatus|
|Species Authority:||(Trewavas, 1935)|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)|
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is widespread with no known major widespread threats.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is common and widely distributed.|
Native:Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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|Population:||No information available.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Occurs in the sediment free rocky habitat in shallow water less than 10 m deep. Herbivorous, mainly feeding on algae sucked from the rock surfaces. Also feeds on plankton when available. Males are territorial throughout the year. They occupy a spawning site on top of rocks. Mouth brooding females hide among the rocks. Known as "Haplochromis steveni, Haplochromis fenestratus, Haplochromis hinderi, Haplochromis boadzulu, Haplochromis Red empress and Haplochromis Fire Blue" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: Males can attain a length of 19 cm.|
|Major Threat(s):||Potential sedimentation of near shore rocky areas.|
|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.
Trewavas, E. 1935. A synopsis of the cichlid fishes of Lake Nyasa Annals and Magazine of Natural History (10)16: 65–118.
|Citation:||Kasembe, J. 2006. Protomelas taeniolatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 March 2015.|
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