Haplochromis boops Greenwood, 1967



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Harpagochromis boops (Greenwood, 1967)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1983 (Witte & de Zeeuw, 2010)

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient


"Several threats have quite clearly impacted the numbers of Lake Victoria cichlids, including the introduction of Nile perch, Lates niloticus, and the eutrophication of lake Victorian waters caused by increased lakeside agriculture, urbanization, and deforestation. Introduction of the water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes, has reduced light intensities in the waters and caused further stagnation. The increased use of fish poison in shallow waters has also threatened the cichlids (Harrison and Stiassny, 1999). Therefore, P(local) was set relatively high. However, most analyses of the ecology of the Lake Victoria cichlids and the impacts of the threats have been focused on the southern parts of the lake; the distribution of the species through the entire lake, and the extent of impacts throughout the lakewide range are less well known."

(Keith et al., 2017:324)



Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Greenwood, P. H. (1967). A revision of the Lake Victoria Haplochromis species (Pisces, Cichlidae), Part VI. Bulletin British Museum of Natural History (Zoology) 15: 29-119.


Other references:

Keith, D. A., Butchart, S. H. M., Regan, H. M., Harrison, I., Ackakaya, H. R., Solow, A. R. and Burgman, M. A. (2017). Inferring extinctions I: a structured method using information on threats. Biological Conservation 214: 320-327.

Witte, F. & de Zeeuw, M. P. (2010). Haplochromis boops. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 31 May 2013.


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