Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Nemacheilidae
Etymology: Afronemacheilus: Derived from Africa and the genus Nemacheilus.; kaffa: The species is named after Kaffa, the historical region of Ethiopia, where the type locality occurs (Ref. 94278).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: Omo-Turkana basin, Ethiopia (Ref. 94278).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94278)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9 - 12;
Vertebrae: 35 - 37. Diagnosis: Afronemacheilus kaffa is distinguished from its congener A. abyssinicus by having usually 7 branched dorsal-fin rays (vs. usually 8 or 9); the anterior and posterior nares well separated (vs. closely spaced); the intestine with a single small loop (vs. straight); the sphenotic and epiotic usually in contact (vs. no contact); three pairs of pharyngobranchials and four basibranchials (vs. two and three, respectively); bar-like spots on flanks usually of similar size (Ref. 94278).
Sampled from riffles (Ref. 94278).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Prokofiev, A.M. and A.S. Golubtsov, 2013. Revision of the loach genus Afronemacheilus (Teleostei: Balitoridae: Nemacheilinae) with description of a new species from the Omo-Turkana basin, Ethiopia. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 24(1):1-14. (Ref. 94278)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00832 (0.00372 - 0.01857), b=2.93 (2.74 - 3.12), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .