|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Zaireichthys camerunensis (Daget & Stauch, 1963)|
|Type Locality||Bénoué basin at Lakdo, Cameroon.|
|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.|
|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.
|Distribution||West Africa: Upper Benoue River, Cameroon. Upper Niger in Guinea
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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|Furniture||Characteristically in the wild most Zaireichthys live just above and in fine sand (where they will bury themselves) in flowing water.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Mem. Inst. Franc. Afr. NoireNo. 68 - pp94 - Fig. 1 Seegers [L.] 2008, The Catfishes of Africa. Smithiana Bulletin 13: 3–28.|
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|Last Update||2012 Mar 03 11:05 (species record created: 2003 Aug 14 00:00)|