Male in the aquarium
A male of Coptodon snyderae in the aquarium of the Club aquariophile de Vernon [France]. Photo by Philippe Burnel. (20-May-2006).







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Coptodon snyderae (Stiassny, 1992)


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Original description as Tilapia snyderae:


  • Stiassny, Melanie & U.K. Schliewen, W.J. Dominey. 1992. "A new species flock of cichlid fishes from Lake Bermin, Cameroon with a description of eight new species of Tilapia (Labroidei: Cichlidae)". Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters. 3(4):311-346 (crc00363) (abstract)

Conservation: Coptodon snyderae is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (CR) critically endangered (2010). Coptodon snyderae current major threat is from oil plantations and slash-and-burn agriculture leading to sedimentation and pollution in the lake (one location). There is also a potential threat from the lake 'burping' CO2 (as in Lake Nyos and Lake Barombi-Mbo). In addition, deforestation of the surroundings of the crater may cause more wind which could lead to the lake 'turning', as the lake is stratified, lower layer being very low in oxygen and high in organic matter. Higher winds may cause currents in the lake which could cause this lower layer to mix with the upper layer where the fish live. This would cause a massive decrease in oxygen in the water and kills the fish (Moelants, 2010).