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Lake Tanganyika Facts

PostAuthor: Rdwh » Sat Jan 06, 2007 09:45

LAKE TANGANYIKA
This is the longest lake in the world, and at 1,433 metres is the second deepest in the world. At its lowest point, Lake Tanganyika is 642 metres below sea level. It is 677km long from north to south, its average width is only 50km. For divers and anglers, this is paradise, with over 350 species of fish, and some of the finest game fish in Africa, including goliath Tiger Fish and Nile Perch.Right down at the bottom of the lake, the water is in places scientifically “dead” but is home to a rich history of fossil species and a thriving aquatic community, which consists of at least 250 species of cichlid fish and 150 non-cichlid species, most of which live along the shoreline down to a depth of approximately 600 feet).
Almost all of the Tanganyikan cichlid species are endemic (exclusively native) to the lake.
Several species of cichlid, including many shell-dwelling species, have also become popular as aquarium fish due to their unique and attractive colouration and body shapes, unusual lifestyles and relatively high intelligence.
Lakemalawi.co.uk The number one resource centre on Malawi Cichlids.
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