Pollimyrus adspersus  (Günther, 1866)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osteoglossiformes (Bony tongues) > Mormyridae (Elephantfishes)
Etymology: Pollimyrus: Because of Dr. Max Poll, ichthyologist + Greek, myros, -ou = the male of the morey eel.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 5.0 - ?.   Tropical; 22°C - 24°C (Ref. 12468)

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Africa: coastal fringes of the Volta basin. Seems to have replaced Pollimyrus isidori (continental) in the coastal basins or in the lower reaches of rivers in West Africa. Also known from the Mono River in Togo, Ouémé in Benin (Ref. 28663), Cross and Wouri (Ref. 81635). In the Congo basin, reported from the lower Congo basin (Ref. 1878), middle Congo River (Ref. 4910), Aruwimi and Lindi-Tshopo (Ref. 106290) in Democratic Republic of the Congo, and (middle) Congo River tributaries in Cameroon (Ref. 51193).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57961)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 19-22; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 24 - 29. Body depth 2.7-3.3 x SL. Head 3.7-4.7 x SL. Eye diameter 3.4-4.6 x head length. Dorsal fin origin slightly behind anal fin origin. Dorsal and anal fins length 4.1-5.0 and 3.2-4.0 x SL. Dorsal fin base 0.7-0.9 of anal fin base. Pectorals 2.0-2.5 x longer than pelvic fins and 0.8-1.1 x head length. Caudal peduncle height 2.8-4.2 x higher than long. Generally dark brown color with first rays of dorsal and often of the anal fins darkened.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Affinities: P. isidori.

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Bigorne, R., 1990. Mormyridae. p. 122-184. In C. Lévêque, D. Paugy and G.G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons d'eaux saumâtres d'Afrique de l'Ouest. tome 1. Faune Trop. 28. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, and ORSTOM, Paris. (Ref. 2915)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

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=0.01479 (0.00793 - 0.02757), b=2.94 (2.78 - 3.10), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.2 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .