Tropheus polli


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tropheus polli
Species Authority: Axelrod, 1977

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Bigirimana, C.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it is only known from two restricted locations at Bulu Point and the Kungwe Mountain range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it is distributed in the central east coast of the lake (around Bulu Point). A single distinct race of this species has been found along the Kungwe Mountain range.
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: The population size is not known.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The habitat of Tropheus is solid rock, either anchored and part of the hard core of the coast interlocking rubble, or even the sandstone slabs lining a sand beach. Loose pebbles rolling about in the surf and silted-over habitats are avoided. The vertical depth range depends on the depth to which the epiphytic algae are growing and this varies from one species to another and from one part of the lake to another.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Sedimentation. Over-exploitation for the aquarium trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place for this species.

Citation: Bigirimana, C. 2006. Tropheus polli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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