Nimbochromis livingstonii 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Nimbochromis livingstonii
Species Authority: (Günther, 1894)

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, Lake Malombe and upper Shire. The main threat to this species is overfishing. A local decline in fishery catches is recorded for the southern parts of the lake, and Lake Malombe, possibly due to the commercial trawl fishery, but the population is widespread throughout the rest of Lake Malawi where the trawl fishery is absent. Overall this species is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Malawi, the Upper Shire River and Lake Malombe.It is distributed throughout lake Malawi but is most common in the southern half.
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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 in all kinds of habitats but is most often seen in the intermediate habitat. It has been recorded from a wide range of depths from the shallow lakeshore to 114 m. Males in breeding colouration usually defend a territory at the edge of the rocky habitat. It is an ambush predator of small fish. It lies on its side partly buried on the sand or muddy bottom shamming death waiting for its prey. Known as "Haplochromis livingstoni" in the aquarium trade.
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 livingstonii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60910A12422204. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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