IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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From Boulenger 1909, pp. 41-42.

Depth of body equal to length of head, 4 to 4 ½ times in total length. Head once and ½ as long as deep, with concave upper profile; snout short, rounded; mouth terminal, its width equal to length of snout; teeth truncate, 22 or 24 in each jaw; eye small, in anterior third of head, its diameter 3 to 3 ½ times in length of snout, 2 ½ to 3 times in interocular width. Dorsal 24–25, half as long as anal and above its middle, 2 ½ times as distant from end of snout as from root of caudal. Anal 40-43, its origin at equal distance from head and from root of caudal. Pectoral rounded, 3/5 length of head. Caudal small, greater part covered with scales, with rounded lobes. Caudal peduncle a little longer than deep, ¼ to 1/3 length of head. 63-67 scales in lateral line, 13-14/17-19 in transverse series on body, 21-23 in transverse series between dorsal and anal, 16 round caudal peduncle. Purplish brown, lighter beneath, with darker blotches or marblings, or with small dark spots forming longitudinal lines.

Total length 400 millim.


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© G.A. Boulenger

Source: Africhthy

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