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)|
|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|
|Use||formerly an important food fish|
|Current status||in Lac Tseny, extinct in Lac Sandrano|
|At Zurich Zoo since||2012|