Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Alestopetersius nigropterus is only confirmed from Lake Mai 'N-Dombe. However recent records from the Lengoué River (AMNH) suggest this species has a wider distribution in middle Congo.
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Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Africa.
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Physical Description

Size

Max. size

6.5 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 42032))
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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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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Phenacogrammus nigropterus

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


No available public DNA sequences.

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Phenacogrammus nigropterus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
EN
Endangered

Red List Criteria
B1ab(v)

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
The species is only known from Lake Mai-N'dombe (Leopold II), which has a surface of 2,300 km². The use of small mesh size nets (mosquito nets) poses a threat to the population size. The species is therefore listed as Endangered.
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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.
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Endangered (EN) (B1ab(v))
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
None known.
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