Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Alestopetersius leopoldianus is known from Kutu, Lake Mai 'N-Dombe (type locality), from Lake Tumba, from the Lomami and from the Ngula River, around Kisangani. The record from Lake Tumba needs confirmation.
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Africa: Congo drainage. Not in Lake Victoria (error in CLOFFA).
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Central Africa.
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Physical Description

Size

Max. size

9.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 1877))
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This is a pelagic species.

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

pelagic; 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
2010

Assessor/s
Moelants, T.

Reviewer/s
Brummett, R., Mbe Tawe, A.N., Dening Touokong, C., Reid, G.M., Snoeks, J. Staissny, M., Moelants, T., Mamonekene, V., Ndodet, B., Ifuta, S.N.B., Chilala, A., Monsembula, R., Ibala Zamba, A., Opoye Itoua, O., Pouomogne, V., Darwall, W. & Smith, K.

Contributor/s

Justification
Although there are threats known in the area, the species is listed Least Concern because of its relatively wide distribution.
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Population

Population
No information available.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
In Lake Mai-N'Dombe, the use of small mesh size nets, mosquito nets are used as fishing nets. These nets are called caterpillar nets because they hold every species that is in the lake. Methane reservoirs discovered under the lake are expected to be exploited. In Lake Tumba, the mean mesh size of the nets used in this lake are around 1 cm, possibly causing threats. All bigger fish in Lake Tumba seem to be disappeared. The region north of the Congo River in the Kisangani area is threatened by gold mining.
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Least Concern (LC)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
None known.
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