Zaireichthys kafuensis  Eccles, Tweddle & Skelton, 2011

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Amphiliidae (Loach catfishes) > Leptoglanidinae
Etymology: Zaireichthys: Composed form Zaire river + Greek,ichtys = fish; the habitat of this fish (Ref. 45335);  kafuensis: The specific name, 'kafuensis', refers to the river system in which the types were collected (Ref. 86935).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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Africa: Kafue River above Kafue Gorge, Zambia (Ref. 86935).

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86935); 2.4 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 5; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 11 - 12; Vertebrae: 36 - 37. This species differs from Z. lacustris, Z. conspicuus, Z. kunenensis and Z. maravensis in having a narrow, sub-rectangular pre-maxillary tooth patch less than 40% of the mouth width; from Z. monomotapa in having a more ‘peppered’ colour pattern, only five branched rays in the dorsal fin, and the shorter lateral line which is 1.4-1.8 times in the standard length; from Z. pallidus in having shorter maxillary barbels and in the possession of 13 branched rays in the caudal fin (vs. 11); from Z. kavangoensis in having a wider premaxillary tooth patch and larger number of rays in the median fins (Ref. 86935). Colour is yellowish, head darker dorsally (Ref. 86935). Area between the dorsal fin and the humeral process closely peppered with very small spots, this peppering continuing posteriorly on lateral and dorsal surfaces, but the spots becoming progressively larger and more widely spaced posteriorly; dark patches at base of dorsal and origin of adipose fins forming part of a series of about nine indistinct darker patches on dorsal surface; a series of 10-12 distinct darker patches mid-laterally (Ref. 86935). Dorsal fin with indistinct dark bar at level of tip of spine; caudal with a dark crescentic bar basally and an indistinct bar towards the end of the fin (Ref. 86935).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in the more typical sandy habitats (Ref. 86935).

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Eccles, D.H., D. Tweddle and P.H. Skelton, 2011. Eight new species in the dwarf catfish genus Zaireichthys (Siluriformes: Amphiliidae). Smithiana Bull. (13):3-28. (Ref. 86935)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .