Mylochromis ensatus : fisheries

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Mylochromis ensatus Turner & Howarth, 2001

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Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes (Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Mylochromis: Greek, mylo = mill + Greek, chromis = a fish without identification, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335);  ensatus: Specific epithet is the Latin adjective ensatus, meaning shaped like a two-edged sword and refers to the characteristic shallow, straight, elongate body form and the acutely pointed head of this species (Ref. 41276).

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; depth range 15 - 23 m (Ref. 58018), usually 15 - 23 m (Ref. 41276).   Tropical

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Africa: endemic to Lake Malawi, known only from the southeast arm of the lake in Malawi (Ref. 41276, 55954, 79521).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41276)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 16 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 10 - 11.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits shallow sandy shores; rare species (Ref. 41276). Feeds on invertebrates found in the sand (Ref. 79521).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Kullander, Sven O. | Collaborators

Turner, G.F. and J.D. Howarth, 2001. Description of two new species of Mylochromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 12(3):205-212. (Ref. 41276)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 22 June 2018

CITES (Ref. 123416)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00696 - 0.03143), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.