Central Africa: It is found in the headwaters of the Lualaba and Sankuru Rivers in DRC.
Eastern Africa: This species is found in the Lake Victoria basin, Athi and Tana River systems, northern and southern Ewaso Nyiro basins, This species is known from upper Pangani system, Amboseli swamps, Lake Naivasha and affluents (Seegers et al. 2003). Also reported from the affluent streams and rivers to Lake Tanganyika, including the Malagarasi River, and the Middle Akagera system. Widespread in Lake Malawi and its affluents, the Shire River and Lakes Chiuta and Chilwa.
Northeast Africa: This species occurs in the Awash basin and rift lakes, Ethiopia
Southern Africa: Widespread in east coastal rivers from East Africa south to KwaZulu-Natal and from southern Congo tributaries and the Quanza in Angola to the Orange (Skelton 2001).
Catalog Number: USNM 86625
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Locality: Thika R. E. Africa 3000 Ft., Africa
Habitat and Ecology
Known prey organisms
Based on studies in:
Africa, Crocodile Creek, Lake Nyasa (Lake or pond)
This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
- G. Fryer, 1957. The trophic interrelationships and ecology of some littoral communities of Lake Nyasa with special reference to the fishes, and a discussion of the evolution of a group of rock-frequenting Cichlidae. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 132:153-281, f
- G. Fryer, The trophic interrelationships and ecology of some littoral communities of Lake Nyasa, Proc. London Zool. Soc. 132:153-229, from p. 219 (1959).
Diseases and Parasites
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Barbus paludinosus
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 50
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2006Least Concern(IUCN 2006)
- 2006Least Concern
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
The Straightfin Barb (Barbus paludinosus) is a species of ray-finned fish in the Cyprinidae family. B. pleurogramma is sometimes included here, but while it is certainly extremely closely related, it appears to be a distinct cryptic species.
- Ntakimazi, G., Twongo, T.K. & Kazambe, J. 2005. Barbus paludinosus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 July 2007.
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