Myaka (fish)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Tribe: Tilapiini
Genus: Myaka
Trewavas, 1972
Species: M. myaka
Binomial name
Myaka myaka
Trewavas, 1972

The myaka (Myaka myaka) is a critically endangered species of cichlid endemic to Lake Barombi Mbo in western Cameroon. It prefers open, deeper waters where it feeds on phytoplankton and small insects, only venturing into shallower waters to spawn. This species can reach a length of 6.7 centimetres (2.6 in) SL. It is currently the only known species in its genus,[2] but it is very close to Sarotherodon.[3] The myika is threatened because of pollution and sedimentation due to human activities. It is potentially also threatened by large emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the lake's bottom (compare Lake Nyos),[1] although studies indicate that Barombo Mbo lacks excess amounts of this gas.[4] Konia, Pungu and Stomatepia are three other equally threatened genera of ciclids that also are endemic to Lake Barombi Mbo.


  1. ^ a b Moelants, T. 2010. Myaka myaka. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <>. Downloaded on 26 April 2013.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Myaka myaka" in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  3. ^ Martin; Cutler; Friel; Touokong; Coop; and Wainwright (2015). Complex histories of repeated gene flow in Cameroon crater lake cichlids cast doubt on one of the clearest examples of sympatric speciation. Evolution 69-6: 1406–1422. doi:10.1111/evo.12674
  4. ^ Freeth, S.J.; C.O. Ofoegbu; and K.M. Onuoha (1992). Natural Hazards in West and Central Africa, pp. 50—51. ISBN 978-3-663-05239-5