Male at Higga Reef
A male of Metriaclima tarakiki at Higga Reef, Lake Malawi [Tanzania].Photo by Ad Konings. determiner Ad Konings

Family
Cichlidae

Sub-family
Pseudocrenilabrinae

Genus
Metriaclima

Status
valid


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Last updated on:
08-May-2013

Metriaclima tarakiki Stauffer, Black & Konings, 2013


Original description as Metriaclima tarakiki:

ZooBank:F538BEA0-FBA4-4715-A477-B2C853FBF1A6.

  • Stauffer, Jay Richard Jr. & K. Black & A.F. Konings. 2013. "Descriptions of five new species of Metriaclima (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake MalaĆ”i, Africa". Zootaxa. v. 3647(n. 1), pp. 101-136 (crc05041) (abstract)

Conservation: Metriaclima tarakiki is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. There is a chance that M. tarakiki could become threatened with overfishing because they often feed on plankton in the water column in the vicinity of large boulders where nets can be employed. Currently (2013) there appears to be no decline in its population although the OB morphs are rather popular in the ornamental fish trade.

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