Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gonorynchiformes
(Milkfish) > Kneriidae
Etymology: malaissei: Dedicated to the collector of the type specimens, Prof. F. Malaisse from the University of Lubumbashi (Ref. 89134). More on author: Poll.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: Luanza River (lower Luapula tributary, upper Congo River basin) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 89134).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 89134)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9;
Vertebrae: 42. Diagnosis: head length 4.8-5.5 times in SL; body height 5.4-7.6 times in SL; snout wide, flat and rounded, 2.4-2.8 times in HL; eye lateral, its diameter 6-7.1 times in HL, 1.8-2.6 times in interorbital distance, 2.1-2.8 times in snout length; dorsal fin origin 1-1.2 times further from tip of snout than from caudal fin origin, slightly in front of pelvic fin origin; anal fin origin 1.7-2 times further from pelvic fins than from caudal fin origin; pectoral fin short and rounded, with 15-16 soft rays, its length 5.1-6.5 times in SL; pelvic fin 5.3-8.3 times in SL, 1.2-1.6 times in HL; caudal peduncle depth 1.4-1.8 times in its length; 88-103 lateral line scales (Ref. 89134).
Maximum TL was recorded at 9.2 cm (Ref. 89134).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Poll, M., 1984. Kneriidae. p. 129-133. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ORSTOM, Paris and MRAC, Tervuren. Vol. 1. (Ref. 3565)
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
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .