Freshly collected male from Mwanza Gulf
Freshly collected male of Haplochromis spekii from Mwanza Gulf, Lake Victoria [Tanzania]. The fish belongs to the anker and Barel 1977 collection and remain preserved at the British Museum of Natural History.Photo by Anker, G.C. & Barel, C.N.D.. determiner Frans Witte

Family
Cichlidae

Sub-family
Pseudocrenilabrinae

Tribe
Haplochromini

Genus
Haplochromis

Status
valid


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Last updated on:
01-Jul-2009

Haplochromis spekii (Boulenger, 1906)


Original description as Pelmatochromis spekii:

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  • Boulenger, George Albert. 1906. "Descriptions of new fishes discovered by Mr E. Degen in Lake Victoria". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (ser. 7) 17; pp. 433-452 (crc00190)

Synonyms (1):

Conservation: Haplochromis spekii is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (DD) data deficient (2010). Haplochromis spekii has not been reported in Lake Victoria catches after 1980 and no data is available concerning its presence in today's haplochromine fauna. It seems extinct or at least critically endangered, as predators were the first victims of the Nile Perch predation. Most of the fish hunter species disappeared and very few are still surviving in refugia zones such as rocky reefs and planted areas.

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