Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Is one of the most voracious and predatory species of the genus; unsuited for the aquarium. This species is a non-roamer. It is often seen near rocks, sometimes lying on the floor in the ocean, motionless. Is highly solitary and pairs are seldom seen. Feeds exclusively on fish (Ref. 6770, 54948).
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Distribution

Range Description

Endemic to Lake Tanganyika.
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Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika.
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Eastern Africa: Lake Tanganyika.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 250 mm TL
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Max. size

25.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 5654))
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species is carnivorous feeding exclusively on fish. It is an ambush predator very often seen near rocks, sometimes lying on the lakebed in the open, motionless. They are highly solitary, and pairs are seldom seen. The female lays its eggs in rock recesses and the fry are taken care of by the female only.

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 7.3 - 8.5; dH range: 10 - 18
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Trophic Strategy

Feeds on fish (Ref. 40115).
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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
Bigirimana, C.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Widespread distribution with no known major widespread threats.
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Population

Population
Population size is not known, this species is very widespread but is not abundant.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Water pollution; habitat deterioration; and over-exploitation.
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Least Concern (LC)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
None known.
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Wikipedia

Lamprologus lemairii

Lamprologus lemairii is a species of cichlid endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it prefers to lurk by rocks or on the lake bed waiting for fish to prey on. This species can reach a length of 25 centimetres (9.8 in) TL.[2]

References

  1. ^ Bigirimana, C. 2006. Lamprologus lemairii. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 April 2013.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Lamprologus lemairii" in FishBase. February 2013 version.
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