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Scientific Name Zaireichthys camerunensis  (Daget & Stauch, 1963)
Common Name
Type Locality Bénoué basin at Lakdo, Cameroon.
Synonym(s) Leptoglanis camerunensis
Pronunciation 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. In reference to the collection locality of the species.
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Size 33mm or 1.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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.

Slender for the genus, upper lip projecting,caudal slightly indented with the lower lobe slightly longer. Base color is light yellow-white, a row of dark spots on the back and a second longitudinal row of oval dark spotson the mid flank, dumb-bell shaped area od dark on the caudal.
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Distribution Africa: Only in the Niger basin.
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger, Upper Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger, Bénoué, Upper Bénoué (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2020.
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Furniture Characteristically in the wild most Zaireichthys live just above and in fine sand (where they will bury themselves) in flowing water.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Mémoires de l'Institut français d'Afrique Noire No. 68, pp 94, Fig. 1.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 19 02:16 (species record created: 2003 Aug 14 00:00)