Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 13°N - 11°N
Africa: endemic to Lake Tana, Ethiopia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.5 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35835)
soft rays: 8. Anterior barbels very thick and dark, length less than 5.5 times in head length, less than 2 times in gape height, longer than eye diameter; oral gape inferior; dorsal head profile irregular, convex caudally and with a 'bump' caused by premaxillaries.
Over muddy, sandy and rocky substrates all over the lake, preferably in water deeper than 6 m. Feeds mainly on insect larvae, small mollusks, and detritus.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nagelkerke, L.A.J. and F.A. Sibbing, 1997. A revision of the large barbs (Barbus spp., Cyprinidae, Teleostei) of Lake Tana, Ethiopia, with a description of seven new species. p. 105-170. In L.A.J. Nagelkerke (ed.) The barbs of Lake Tana, Ethiopia: morphological diversity and its implications for taxonomy, trophic resource partititioning and fisheries. Wageningen University, The Netherlands. (Ref. 35835)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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=0.00759 (0.00389 - 0.01479), b=2.99 (2.82 - 3.16), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.35 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (58 of 100) .