Pair in the aquarium
Haplochromis sp. 'kenya gold' pair, with the female holding, in the aquarium of Greg Steeves, Canyon Lake,Texas [USA]. Photo by Greg Steeves. (01-Dec-2002).

Family
Cichlidae

Sub-family
Pseudocrenilabrinae

Tribe
Haplochromini

Genus
Haplochromis

Status
undescribed


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Last updated on:
04-Feb-2010

Haplochromis sp. 'kenya gold'


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Conservation: Haplochromis sp. 'kenya gold' is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. Until the situations in Lake Victoria stabilize, all cichlid species from here must be considered threatened. Although there is evidence of resurgence of many rock cichlids (furu) in Lake Victoria, several lineages have not fared as well as others. The fish frequenting open water or sandy stretches away from quick shelter have been decimated by Lates niloticus. As a molluskivore, it is presumed that this was Haplochromis sp. 'kenya gold' preferred niche and could easily have been predated upon. This is of course speculation and should be considered as such until such time that firm modern data on the fauna of this region is presented.