The Pinstripe Damba: Endemic fish conservation in Madagascar

Mamilaza Eunicia

The pinstripe damba, a Critically Endangered species of fish thought to be extinct, was rediscovered at Lake Tseny in Madagascar in 2010 by a team from Madagasikara Voakajy, Denver Zoo and the University of Antananarivo. Underwater forests in the lake provide safe havens for endemic fish and the Critically Endangered freshwater turtle (Erymnochelys madagascariensis). The goal of this project is to determine the value of Lake Tseny's endemic species to biodiversity and livelihoods. Mapping and questionnaire surveys, followed by public consultations, will be used to identify key areas and mechanisms for long-term preservation. Future opportunities may exist for creating a protected area at the lake.