Opsaridium microlepis (Günther, 1864)
Lake salmon
Opsaridium microlepis
photo by FAO

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Danioninae
Max. size:  47 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal, potamodromous
Distribution:  Africa: Endemic to Lake Malawi.
Biology:  Caught in ringnets. Also caught by means of the angling method (Ref. 4967). Occurs in shallow water over sandy plains, but can also be seen in open water. A hunting predator which chases Engraulicypris sardella (Ref. 5595).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 22 May 2018 (A3cd) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 20.04.92
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 05.05.10
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 01.07.94

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