Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Cyprininae
Etymology: Barboides: Latin, barbus = barbel + Greek, oides = similar to (Ref. 45335); britzi: The species is named after Ralf Britz, at the Natural History Museum of London (BMNH), whose contagious enthusiasm for ichthyology and interest in tiny fishes has left a lasting impression on both authors (Ref. 57421).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 7.0. Tropical; ? - 26°C (Ref. 57421)
Africa: Ouémé River basin, southern Benin (Ref. 57421).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57421)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9;
Vertebrae: 32 - 34. Diagnosis: Barboides britzi differs from B. gracilis in having a larger head, 26.1-30.0% of standard length vs. 22.4-26.7%; smaller eye, eye diameter 31.2-37.5% of head length vs. 39.1-44.4%; slightly longer caudal peduncle, its length 27.0-29.6% of standard length vs. 24.7-28.2%; a narrow ventromedian row of melanophores between pelvic fins and tips of cleithra vs. a wide ventromedian scattering of melanophores between pelvic fins and tips of cleithra; absence of scattered melanophores on the flanks vs. presence of scattered melanophores on the flanks; iris silvery vs. iris darkly pigmented; 1 hypural element above the 2nd hypural vs. 2 separate hypural elements above the 2nd hypural; and a yellow body colouration in life vs. an orange/red body colouration in life (Ref. 57421).
Found in Lokoli swamp forest, which is flooded throughout the year, with annual fluctuation less than 1 m (Ref. 57421). Water parameters fluctuate depending on rainfall with water temperature distincly lower than in other water bodies of the region due to the dense shadow of the forest; water dark brown in colour (Ref. 57421).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Conway, K.W. and T. Moritz, 2006. Barboides britzi, a new species of miniature cyprinid from Benin (Ostariophysi: Cyprinidae), with a neotype designation for B. gracilis. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 17(1):73-84. (Ref. 57421)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00776 (0.00251 - 0.02399), b=3.04 (2.79 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.4 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 (10 of 100) .