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  • Menarambo-Buntbarsch im Zoo Zürich.

    Pinstripe damba

    Paretroplus menarambo

    Almost extinct unidentified
    Pinstripe damba was unknown to science until it was discovered in a lake and described in the 1990s. Almost too late, it seemed. Shortly after, it became extinct at the site it was discovered. The species was overfished and displaced by foreign invaders. Fortunately, scientists discovered another population in Lac Tseny in 2006.

    The last of its kind
    Lac Tseny is the last lake where the pinstripe damba survives in the wild. It is included in the Red List of Endangered Species. It is described as “threatened with extinction”. There are several breeding groups in Europe and the US, to ensure survival of the species.

    Closest relatives Perch family, cichlids (1700 species)
    Habitat Lakes
    Behaviour in small shoals
    Diet Mollusks, crustaceans, plankton
    Body length 25 cm
    Spawn Eggs in substrate, both parents breed and guard the eggs Breeding period: unknown
    Breeding period unknown
    Life expectancy unknown
    Use formerly an important food fish
    Current status in Lac Tseny, extinct in Lac Sandrano
    At Zurich Zoo since 2012

    geographic range

    Verbreitungskarte Menarambo-Buntbarsch
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    Conservation status

    IUCN RedList