Pseudotropheus interruptus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Pseudotropheus interruptus (Johnson, 1975)
Melanochromis elastodema Bowers & Stauffer, 1997
Melanochromis interruptus Johnson, 1975

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Kasembe, J.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is naturally found at a single restricted location at Chizumulu Island.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs at Chizumulu (south western part) where it is common. Also occurs at Likoma Island (Mbuzi Island) and at Nkhata bay (at the tip of the peninsula). Exporters for the aquarium trade probably introduced these two subpopulations.
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Population [top]

Population:No information available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Occurs on rocky habitats. Seen feeding from the surface of rocks.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Collection for the aquarium trade. Sedimentation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.5. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha)
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) [harvest]
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

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

3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Johnson, D.S. 1975. More new Malawi cichlids. Today's Aquarist 2(1): 15–26.

Konings, A. 1995. Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat. Second Edition. Cichlid Press, St. Leon-Rot, Germany.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Pseudotropheus interruptus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61117A12440767. . Downloaded on 22 March 2018.
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