Male at Masasa Reef
A male of Aulonocara nyassae at Masasa Reef, Lake Malawi [Malawi].Photo by Ad Konings. (21-Oct-2006). determiner Ad Konings

Family
Cichlidae

Sub-family
Pseudocrenilabrinae

Tribe
Haplochromini

Genus
Aulonocara

Group
Sand-dwelling

Status
valid


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Last updated on:
11-Apr-2008

Aulonocara nyassae Regan, 1922


Original description as Aulonocara nyassae:

ZooBank:C951E960-BD38-4921-9D5A-C993A94C5822.

  • Regan, Charles Tate. 1922. "The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Nyassa". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1921 (pt 4) n. 36; pp. 675-727 (crc00066)

Conservation: Aulonocara nyassae is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (NT) near threatened (2018). The IUCN lists this species in their Red List but give a common name as "Emperor Cichlid". Aulonocara nyassae has never been exported and has therefore no common/trade name. I have only seen very few individuals in the lake and either they are only found at Masasa Reef when they want to breed and normally live much deeper or the species has only very small populations. I would regard it as threatened or endangered.

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