Cynotilapia afra 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Cynotilapia afra
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.
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
Additional data:

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.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.5. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha)
suitability: Suitable  
1. Land/water protection -> 1.1. Site/area protection
2. Land/water management -> 2.1. Site/area management

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.1. Intentional use: (subsistence/small scale)
♦ timing: Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 04 May 2006.

Konings, A. 1990. Konings's Book of Cichlids and All the Other Fishes of Lake Malawi. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City New Jersey.

Konings, A. 1995. Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat. Second Edition. Cichlid Press, St. Leon-Rot, Germany.

Ribbink, A.J., Marsh, B.A., Marsh, A.C., Ribbink A.C. and Sharp, B.J. 1983. A preliminary survey of the cichlid fishes of rocky habitats in Lake Malawi. South African Journal of Zoology 18: 149–310

Spreinat, A 1995. Lake Malawi Cichlids from Tanzania. Unterm Hagen, Gottingen, Germany.

Citation: Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P. 2006. Cynotilapia afra. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60938A12425515. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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