Fish of Madagascar


Madagascar cichlid (Manambolo)
Invasive Tilapia

Introduced tilapia

Paretroplus menarambo

Paretroplus maculatus
Madagascar's fish species are some of the most threatened on the planet. Habitat loss -- especially the conversion of native vegetation to rice paddies -- combined with erosion resulting from deforestation and the introduction of exotic species (especially Tilapia, Snakeheads, Mosquito fish) have devastated endemic species. Several of Madagascar's unique species are no longer recorded in the wild.

Useful links: Other related WildMadagascar.org resources: Malagasy Crayfish: According to Bradt 2001, six species of crayfish have been described in Madagascar, all of which are endemic. What makes this occurrence particularly interesting is crayfish are not present in Africa or India -- meaning Malagasy crayfish may have much older origins. Today crayfish are a vital source of protein to many in Madagascar.



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