Male at Mbenji Island
A male of Copadichromis azureus at Mbenji Island, Lake Malawi [Malawi].Photo by Ad Konings. determiner Ad Konings

Family
Cichlidae

Sub-family
Pseudocrenilabrinae

Tribe
Haplochromini

Genus
Copadichromis

Status
valid


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Last updated on:
09-Jan-2011

Copadichromis azureus Konings, 1990


Original description as Copadichromis azureus:

ZooBank:9D40AC48-2B7D-4F40-8A4E-B70FF22FAFB7.

  • Konings, Ad. 1990. "Descriptions of Six New Malawi Cichlids". Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. 38 (11): pp. 110-129 (crc00111)

Conservation: Copadichromis azureus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Although the waters around the Mbenji islands are heavily fished for utaka, C. azureus does not seem to be affected as it lives in close proximity of the rocky substrate at relative deep levels. The largest threat possibly comes from the ornamental fish trade that collects this species on a regular basis because it belongs to one of the more colorful utaka that retains its brilliant coloration in captivity.

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