Cynotilapia afra 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Cynotilapia afra (Günther,1894)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
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Assessor(s): Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Endemic to Lake Malawi. Widespread distribution with no major widespread threats identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi. Widely distributed in the northern part of the lake, North of Chilumba, Likoma and Chisumulu Islands, Usisya, Chitande, Mara Point, Ikombe to Hai Reef (Mozambique border), Cobue, Wikihi (Mozambique), Undu Reef (Tanzania), Ikombe to Hai Reef (Mozambique border).
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania, United Republic of
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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 over rocky and stony substrates in shallow water to a depth of 40 m. Most abundant between 5 and 20 m. Feeds primarily on plankton although territorial males feed on aufwuchs. Males hold their territories in front of rocks or between stones. Females are solitary or live in groups. Known as 'Redtop Afra' or ' Whitetop Afra' in the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potential over-fishing.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Unknown.

Citation: Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P. 2006. Cynotilapia afra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60938A12425515. . Downloaded on 20 February 2018.
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