Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Very common, occurs in permanent floodplain lagoons and backwaters. Active at night, preying on small fish and insects such as dragonfly nymphs (Ref. 7248).
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Distribution

Range Description

The Okavango Delta and the upper Zambezi floodplains (Skelton 2001).
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Africa: Okavango River and upper Zambezi River.
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Southern Africa.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 300 mm SL
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Max. size

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

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Rivers and floodplain habitats.

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

demersal; freshwater
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Trophic Strategy

Frequency of occurence in Caprivi: occasionally in standing deep water (Ref. 037065).
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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
Marshall, B.E. & Tweddle, D.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Although scarce its habitat has not been significantly modified and no threats could be identified.
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Population

Population
No data but apparently very scarce.

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 has some protection in reserves.
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