Out of the Ordinary: Myaka myaka

Myaka myaka from Lake Barombi Mbo. Photo courtesy of Dave’s Rare Aquarium Fish

Myaka myaka is a rare fish endemic to Lake Barombi Mbo, the largest of the crater lakes of Cameroon. Lake Barombi Mbo, like other crater lakes in the area, was created in an extinct volcano. In 1986, nearby Lake Nyos experienced seismic activity releasing massive quantities of CO2 and led to the death of 1700 people, livestock and aquatic life. Although Lake Barombi Mbo hasn’t had a tragic event like Lake Nyos, CO2 gas is regularly released from below the lake. Despite the danger, several endemic species like Myaka myaka, Pungu maclareni and Sarotherodon caroli have flourished. More information on Myaka myaka and Lake Barombi Mbo can be found in the Insight on Barombi Mbo, Cameroon article.

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