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Northern Gulf of Guinea Drainages



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Cross: Lake Ejagham

Conservation: Despite its very small size, it supports 7 endemic species of tilapiine cichlid fishes (Tilapia deckerti, T. ejagham, T. fusiforme, T. nigrans, Sarotherodon lamprechti, and S. knauerae). Of these, 6 were only scientifically described in 2010 and 2011, and have therefore not been rated by the IUCN, but they likely face the same threats as T. deckerti (the single older species that has been rated by the IUCN). T. deckerti is considered critically endangered due to pollution and sedimentation from human activities, and could also be threatened by large emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the lake's bottom (compare Lake Nyos).[5] A species of catfish from the genus Parauchenoglanis has been introduced to the lake, and this probably presents a serious threat to the endemic cichlids. (From Wikipedia).

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