Male in Chiofu Bay
A male of Fossorochromis rostratus in Chiofu Bay, Lake Malawi [Malawi].Photo by Juan Miguel Artigas Azas. (07-Nov-2008). determiner Ad Konings

Family
Cichlidae

Sub-family
Pseudocrenilabrinae

Tribe
Haplochromini

Genus
Fossorochromis

Status
valid


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Last updated on:
14-Sep-2011

Fossorochromis rostratus (Boulenger, 1899)


Original description as Tilapia rostrata:

ZooBank:4997B5BE-4A71-44CC-B478-E7F0893B469C.

  • Boulenger, George Albert. 1899. "A revision of the African and Syrian fishes of the family Cichlidae. Part II". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. pp 98-143 (1-47); (crc00051)

Synonyms (1):

Conservation: Fossorochromis rostratus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2018). Although Fossorochromis rostratus occurs on the open sandy habitat in inshore waters and should be very vulnerable to the enormous fishing pressure exerted by the African fishermen with beach seines, the species seems to be able to avoid a passing net by diving into the sand and wait till the net has passed before popping out again. Of course some specimens end up in the nets but at most places Fossorochromis rostratus is still a common resident of the shallow sandy habitat.

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