Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Known from the edge of rapids and feeds on insect larvae (Ref. 86935). Seems to inhabit rocky rapids rather than sandy bottoms (Ref. 94654).
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Distribution

Africa: Upper Zambezi River from the rapid sections at Katima Mulilo down to just above the Victoria Falls (Ref. 86935).
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 9 - 11; Vertebrae: 34 - 35
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Size

Max. size

3.5 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 86935))
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Diagnostic Description

This species differs from Z. kafuensis, Z. kavangoensis, Z. monomotapa and Z. pallidus in having a premaxillary tooth patch with the buccal margin expanded laterally and from all other species in its more robust form and bold markings (Ref. 86935). Premaxillary teeth in 5-6 rows, the outer row with 6-7 and inner row with about 16 teeth on each side (Ref. 86935).
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Type Information

Paratype for Zaireichthys conspicuus Eccles et al.
Catalog Number: USNM 220959
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): B. Van Der Waal
Year Collected: 1975
Locality: Stream. Impalila (Near Confluence of Chobe and Zambezi), Eastern Caprivi, Namibia, Africa
  • Paratype: Eccles, D. H., et al. 15 Apr 2011. Smithiana: Bulletin. 13: 5, Figs. 1, 2, 3c.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater
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Trophic Strategy

It feeds on insect larvae (Ref. 86935).
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries:
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