Clypeobarbus pleuropholis (Boulenger, 1899)
Clypeobarbus pleuropholis
photo by RMCA

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Barbinae
Max. size:  3.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic
Distribution:  Africa: Chad basin (Ref. 81282) and throughout the Congo basin, from the lower Congo (Ref. 79650) up to the upper Lualaba (Ref. 2970).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Diagnosis: last simple dorsal-fin ray smooth on hind margin; scale formula 2.5/21-23/2.5-3.5; 1.5 scales between lateral line and pelvic-fin base; 8 scales around caudal peduncle; lateral-line scales distinctly deeper than other scales on sides; 8 branched dorsal fin rays; anterior barbel not reaching to anterior margin of eye; posterior barbel reaching to, or extending beyond, posterior half of eye; lateral line complete and slightly depressed below dorsal fin; maximum reported size 30 mm SL (Ref. 2940, 81282). Description: small species with moderately compressed body; two pairs of barbels; morphologically closely related to B. hypsolepis, the latter mainly found in the Sahelian basins to the west of the Chad; D:III,8; A:III,5; P:14-15; V:I,7 (Ref. 2940, 81282) Coloration: body pale, with metallic-grey reflections; back with purple or very dark reddish-brown network formed by the pigmented edges of scales; fins and sides of head faintly pink (Ref. 2940, 81282).
Biology:  Affinities: B. hypsolepis (Ref. 2940).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 May 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Cruz, Tess - 24.03.92
Modified by: Boden, Gert - 21.11.08
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 29.08.94

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