Cat-eLog Right Arrow Amphiliidae Right Arrow Leptoglaninae Right Arrow The genus Zaireichthys

Jump to next section Summary of Zaireichthys
Pronounced za eer ICK thiss
Etymology Zaireichthys: From the Zaire river and the Greek ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the type of the genus and its collection locality.
Identification The majority of species are small and compact, have a defense mechanism of three ossified spines in the dorsal and pectoral fins,being able to lock them into place which makes the genus different from all other Amphiliidae.
Furniture In nature the majority of species are found over or in sand in flowing rivers. There is one known lake dwelling species from Lake Malawi which is also found over sand and living in snail shells.
Breeding Unreported.
Size Smallest 22mm, largest 80mm, average 32mm, most commonly 25mm. All SL.
Species There are 19 "species" in the database
New spp. / time
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Jump to next section Distribution of selected Zaireichthys species