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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    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...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    Haplochromis (Harpagochromis) vonlinnei. Photo by Greg Steeves Haplochromis vonlinnei, sometimes referred to as Harpaglochromis vonlinnei, is a predatory species originally found in and around the Mwanza Gulf of Lake Victoria. Due to the introduction of the Nile Perch in the 1950s, H...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    Haplochromis lividus. Photo by Greg Steeves Another beautifully colored and out of the ordinary fish from Lake Victoria. The Haplochromis lividus pictured above is from Murchison Bay in the northern part of the lake. Its current status there and throughout the lake is currently unknown and...
  4. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Nile Perch in Lake Victoria. Courtesy photo from East Africa Business Week Originally introduced into Lake Victoria as a sport and commercial fish, the Nile Perch appears to be facing the same fate as the native species it displaced. Since its introduction in the 1950s, the large, predatory...
  5. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Lake Victoria fishing boats According to Kagera Regional Commissioner, Fabian Massawe, the mass extinctions in Lake Victoria are the results of illegal fishing and habitat distruction. The Kagera region is in Tanzania and borders the southwest part of Lake Victoria. Although habitat destruction...
  6. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Urban and industrial run-off. World Agroforestry Centre After the introduction of the predatory Nile tilapia and Nile perch in the 1950's, the native cichlid population of Lake Victoria dropped dramatically. According to Les Kauffman, a chief scientist at Boston University, it has been "the...
  7. General Aquaria Discussion
    Astatotilapia desfontainii - Courtesy of AfricanCichlids.net Our first Out of the Ordinary species comes suggested by Dave of Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish. Astatotilapia desfontainii were thought to be extinct for over 100 years until they were accidentally rediscovered by killifish hobbyist in...
  8. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Haplochromine by Andrea Reid Despite the mass extinctions caused by the introduction of the Nile perch into Lake Victoria, some haplochromines species have managed to survive by living in the lake's most inhospitable areas. By escaping to the low oxygen and highly acidic waters surrounding...
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