Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Observed over sand in the vicinity of rocks, possibly for breeding purposes only. Feeds on sand-dwelling invertebrates (Ref. 5595).
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Distribution

Range Description

Endemic to Lake Malawi where it has been recorded at Boadzulu Island and Manzinzi Bay
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Africa: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Aulonocara nyassae is only known by the holotype and never recorded since it was described.
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Eastern Africa: Lake Malawi.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 80 mm SL
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Max. size

8.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4975))
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Occurs over sandy habitat at depths of more than 20 m. Small groups forage from the substrate. These small groups usually contain one male exhibiting breeding colouration.

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater; depth range 15 - ? m
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Diseases and Parasites

Sporozoa-infections, other. Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
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Bacterial Infections (general). Bacterial diseases
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
D2

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2006

Assessor/s
Kazembe, J. & Makocho, P.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Endemic to Lake Malawi, only recorded from two restricted locations at Boadzulu Island and Manzinzi Bay.
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Population

Population
No information available.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Fishing.
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Vulnerable (VU) (D2)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
No information available.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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Wikipedia

Emperor Cichlid

The Emperor Cichlid is a common name applied to more than one fish. (Aulonocara nyassae) is a species of fish in the Cichlidae family that is endemic to Lake Malawi. (Boulengerochromis microlepis) is a species of fish in the Cichlidae family that is endemic to Lake Tanganyika. (Aulonocara nyassae) is more commonly known as the Peacock cichlid.

Both have the natural habitat of freshwater lakes.

Source

Data related to Aulonocara nyassae at Wikispecies

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=1946 http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/fish-animals/spiny-rayed-fish/cichlid_fightingterrapin.html

The entry may need a disambiguation page.

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