Male at Kombe
The holotype of Ophthalmotilapia ventralis was collected near Kombe (also known as Gombi). The photo shows a territorial male at Kombe, Lake Tanganyika [Zambia].Photo by Ad Konings. determiner Ad Konings

Family
Cichlidae

Sub-family
Pseudocrenilabrinae

Tribe
Ectodini

Genus
Ophthalmotilapia

Status
valid


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Last updated on:
17-Apr-2014

Ophthalmotilapia ventralis (Boulenger, 1898)


Original description as Paratilapia ventralis:

ZooBank:822EE99A-2405-4341-A922-3A9943CA1357.

  • Boulenger, George Albert. 1898. "Report on the fishes recently obtained by Mr. J. E. S. Moore in Lake Tanganyika". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. vol. 3: pp. 494-497 (crc00006)

Conservation: Ophthalmotilapia ventralis is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Ophthalmotilapia ventralis is too small to be of interest for fishermen and it occurs in shallow, rocky habitats to difficult to employ nets. The various populations could be at risk of extirpation caused by pollution, but at the moment there is no large scale pollution apparent in the lake.

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