Metriaclima barlowi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Metriaclima barlowi (McKaye & Stauffer, 1986)
Maylandia barlowi (McKaye & Stauffer, 1986)
Pseudotropheus barlowi McKaye & Stauffer, 1986
Taxonomic Source(s): Konings, A. 2016. Malawi Cichlids in their natural habitat, 5th edition. Cichlid Press, El Paso, USA.
Taxonomic Notes: This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List in the genus Maylandia but is now considered valid in the genus Metriaclima (Konings 2016, Stauffer et al. 2016).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
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 in the southern part of the lake with no known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs in the southern part of the lake at Mbenji Island, Maleri Island, Chidunga rocks (Chipoka), around the Nakhumba Peninsula, Thumbi West Island as well as at Eccles and West Reef.
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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:This species occurs in the sediment rich, intermediate habitat, primarily at depths of about 10 m. It feeds on plankton, invertebrates from the sediment rich substrata, as well as algae. Males are territorial and remain close to the rocks, females occur higher in the water column feeding on the plankton. Territorial males are found throughout the year, their territory consists of a tunnel dug beneath a rock on the sand, where spawning takes place. It is known as "Pseudotropheus fusco" in the aquarium trade. Max recorded length: 10 cm (TL).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Sedimentation. Over-fishing. Collection for the aquarium trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Distribution range is included within the Lake Malawi National Park.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: This species previously appeared on the IUCN Red List in the genus Maylandia but is now considered valid in the genus Metriaclima (Konings 2016, Stauffer et al. 2016).

An amended assessment has been produced to reflect this taxonomic change.

Citation: Kasembe, J. 2017. Metriaclima barlowi (amended version of 2006 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T61132A120779348. . Downloaded on 24 May 2018.
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