Lake Victoria extinctions in new report

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Pundamilia nyererei from Lake Victoria. Photo by Kevin Bauman (CC BY 1.0).

A new report put out by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) has some bad news about Lake Victoria. The lake’s native species are no strangers to mass extinctions. The introduction of the Nile Perch over half a century ago led to the extinction of many of the lake’s native cichlid species. Now pollution from industry and agriculture, over-fishing, and non-native species are putting up to 76% of endemic species at risk of extinction.

The IUCN Red List report on Lake Victoria can be found in its entirety on the India Environmental Portal in PDF format. Discussion on cichlids from the lake can be done in the Lake Victoria Basin forum.


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