|Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Eastern Africa|
|Scientific Name:||Melanochromis simulans Eccles, 1973|
|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 thought to be widespread along the Mozambique shore. It has no known major, widespread threats.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs on the coast from Makanjila Point and the Mozambican border. It also occurs further north along the shores of Mozambique up to Nkhungu.|
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|Population:||No information available.|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Occurs in the intermediate habitat in shallow water of about 10 m. It has also been observed occasionally in water of 20 m. Observed feeding from the biocover. This species is non-territorial and the males are usually found solitary, although small groups of females have been observed among rocks. Known by its scientific name in the aquarium trade|
|Major Threat(s):||Subsistence fishing. Collection for the aquarium trade. Competition from translocated species.|
Eccles, D.H. 1973. Two new species of cichlid fishes from Lake Malawi (formerly known as Lake Nyasa). Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 6(16): 1–7.
IUCN. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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.
|Citation:||Kasembe, J. 2006. Melanochromis simulans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61128A12442573.Downloaded on 20 July 2018.|
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