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Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Occurs in lakes (Ref. 4967).
  • Paugy, D. 1984 Characidae. p. 140-183. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ORSTOM, Paris and MRAC, Tervuren. Vol. 1. (Ref. 5331)
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Distribution

Range Description

Endemic to Lake Tanganyika. Enters deltas of streams and rivers, including Malagarasi and Rusizi rivers.
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Lake Tanganyika.
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Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika.
  • Paugy, D. 1984 Characidae. p. 140-183. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ORSTOM, Paris and MRAC, Tervuren. Vol. 1. (Ref. 5331)
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Physical Description

Size

Max. size

30.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4967))
  • Eccles, D.H. 1992 FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Tanzania. Prepared and published with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (project URT/87/016). FAO, Rome. 145 p. (Ref. 4967)
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Found in shallow coastal areas of the lake and deltas of rivers. Feed mainly on small fishes, and also on invertebrates and plants.

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

pelagic; freshwater
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Trophic Strategy

Occurs in lakes (Ref. 4967).
  • Eccles, D.H. 1992 FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Tanzania. Prepared and published with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (project URT/87/016). FAO, Rome. 145 p. (Ref. 4967)
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Diseases and Parasites

Annulotrema Infestation 4. Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
  • Thurston, J.P. 1970 The incidence of Monogenea and parasitic Crustacea on the gills of fish in Uganda. Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 82(1-2):111-130. (Ref. 52490)
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2006

Assessor/s
Ntakimazi, G.

Reviewer/s
Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)

Contributor/s

Justification
Wide distribution and no major widespread threats identified.
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Population

Population
Common, although never abundant

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Fisheries pressure. Pollution in the littoral zones and rivers deltas.
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Least Concern (LC)
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Unknown.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: commercial
  • Eccles, D.H. 1992 FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Tanzania. Prepared and published with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (project URT/87/016). FAO, Rome. 145 p. (Ref. 4967)
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Wikipedia

Brycinus rhodopleura

Brycinus rhodopleura is a species of fish in the Alestidae family. It is endemic to Tanzania. Its natural habitats are rivers and freshwater lakes.

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