Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Nimbochromis linni
Species Authority: (Burgess & Axelrod, 1975)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Endemic to Lake Malawi. The main threat to this species is overfishing. A local decline in fishery catches is recorded for the southern parts of the lake, possibly due to the commercial trawl fishery, but the population is widespread throughout the rest of the lake where the trawl fishery is absent. Overall this species is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is widespread throughout the rocky shore habitat.
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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: Found mainly in rocky places, though it can sometimes be seen in the intermediate habitats. An ambush predator that feeds on small rock dwelling cichlids hiding under rocks. When feeding it has been observed to remain motionless upright resting on top of a rock before striking downwards under the rock. It has also been reported that individuals play dead by lying on the bottom waiting for unsuspecting prey.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kazembe, J., Makocho, P. & Mailosi, A. 2006. Nimbochromis linni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60888A12413366. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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