Protomelas taeniolatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Protomelas taeniolatus
Species Authority: (Trewavas, 1935)
Common Name(s):
English Spindle Hap

Assessment Information [top]

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

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi where it is common and widely distributed.
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 in the sediment free rocky habitat in shallow water less than 10 m deep. Herbivorous, mainly feeding on algae sucked from the rock surfaces. Also feeds on plankton when available. Males are territorial throughout the year. They occupy a spawning site on top of rocks. Mouth brooding females hide among the rocks. Known as "Haplochromis steveni, Haplochromis fenestratus, Haplochromis hinderi, Haplochromis boadzulu, Haplochromis Red empress and Haplochromis Fire Blue" in the aquarium trade. Max. size: Males can attain a length of 19 cm.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potential sedimentation of near shore rocky areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2006. Protomelas taeniolatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61087A12430920. . Downloaded on 23 April 2017.
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