Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Found in various habitats and dams. Feeds on insects, snails and plants. Breeds in spring and early summer; males construct a sand-scrape nest in shallow water, females mouthbrood the eggs and larvae (Ref. 7248).
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Distribution

Range Description

Headwater reaches of the upper Zambezi, Kafue and Lunagwa systems in Zambia (Skelton, 2001).
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Zambia.
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Africa: Upper Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa Rivers (middle Zambezi system) in Zambia.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 277 mm SL
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Max. size

27.7 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 7248))
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Occurs in a variety of habitats and dams. Feeds on insects, snails and plants. Breeds in spring and early summer.

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

demersal; freshwater
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2007

Assessor/s
Tweddle, D.

Reviewer/s
Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Unit)

Contributor/s

Justification
The species has a wide distribution with no known threats.
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Population

Population
Not known.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
None known.
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Least Concern (LC)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species is protected in some reserves.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: subsistence fisheries
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