|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Azeroual, A., Entsua-Mensah, M., Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P. & Kazembe, J.
||Snoeks, J., Tweddle, D., Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P., Paugy, D., Zaiss, R., Fishar, M.R.A & Brooks, E.
This species has a wide distribution, with no known major widespread threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern. It has also been assessed regionally as Least Concern for eastern, north eastern and western Africa. In north Africa, it is now rare in Upper and Lower Egyptian Nile. The species requires fast flowing water, a habitat which has been severely impacted by the Aswan High Dam. The species EOO is over 20,000 km2 but the AOO is less than 2,000 km2 and found in fewer than 10 locations based on the impacts from the Aswan High Dam. The species is also threatened by pollution of the Egyptian Nile and increasing salinity in the Delta area. It is therefore regionally assessed as Vulnerable.
Malapterurus electricus is widely distributed, from Senegal (and possible Mauritania) to Ethiopia, and along the entire length of the Nile from Egypt to Rwanda and the Great Lakes south to Malawi.
Eastern Africa: It occurs in Lake Tanganyika and lower parts of major affluents, including the Malagarasi and Rusizi, as well as the entire Nile system, and lakes Albert and Turkana. In Malawi it is also present in Lower Shire River.
Northern Africa: It is present but rare in Lower and This species is known from upper Egyptian Nile.
Northeast Africa: This species is found in the Ghazal and Jebel systems, and Lake Nasser (also known as Lake Nubia), Sudan. It is present in the Blue Nile and Baro Rivers, Ethiopia.
Western Africa: It has a typical Sudanian distribution, occurring in the Lake Chad and Senegal basin, throughout the Niger system as well as smaller southward flowing basins in West Africa (Bandama through the Volta rivers).
Benin; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Egypt; Ethiopia; Ghana; Guinea; Malawi; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia
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