Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Labeoninae
Etymology: Labeo: Latin, labeo = one who has large lips (Ref. 45335); parvus: From the Latin parvus meaning small, short; named after the small size of the type examined by Boulenger (Ref. 12456). More on author: Boulenger.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical; 23°C - 25°C (Ref. 2060); 7°N - 10°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 10.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 38.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12456); max. published weight: 40.00 g (Ref. 3799)
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 29 - 31. Diagnosis: distal margin of dorsal fin concave; body depth 1.9-3.0x SL; depth of caudal peduncle 0.8-1.2x its length; 24-42 (50-150mm) and 41-44 (150-250mm) gill rakers; scale formula 4.5-5.5/33-38/6.5; 3-4 scales between lateral line and pelvic-fin base; 12-16 scales around caudal peduncle; 9-10 dorsal fin branched rays (Ref. 2940, 81282).
Africa: widespread, from West Africa, including coastal basins, Lake Chad and Niger river systems (Ref. 2801, 81282), to Congo River system (Ref. 2801, 2940). Widely distributed in the middle and upper Congo River basin (Ref. 26192).
Found in stony river beds and in mountain pools formed by small brooks (Ref. 4906). Maximum TL was recorded at 51.5 cm (Ref. 12456).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tshibwabwa, S.M. and G.G. Teugels, 1995. Contribution to the systematic revision of the African cyprinid fish genus Labeo: species from the Lower Zaire river system. J. Nat. Hist. 29:1543-1579. (Ref. 12456)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01175 (0.00715 - 0.01930), b=3.04 (2.91 - 3.17), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .