|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Zaireichthys flavomaculatus (Pellegrin, 1926)|
|Type Locality||Kamaiembi [Sankuru, Kamaiembi], River Lulua, southern Congo Basin.|
|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.|
|Size||39mm or 1.5" 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.
Known only from a single specimen. Deep notched caudal fin with pointed lobes. Base color is yellowish with large dark spots that interconnect to create a marbled pattern.
|General Remarks||An unspotted individual from the Lafume River was identified as Zaireichthys flavomaculatus by Poll(1967)but is clearly a different species (most likely undescribed).|
|Distribution||Africa: Lulua River, southern Congo.
African Waters, Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Data Deficient|
|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||Revue Zoologique Africaine v. 14 (no. 2).Smithiana Bulletin 13: 3–28. Seegers [L.] 2008:pg.181,The Catfishes of Africa.|
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|Last Update||2011 Oct 19 03:36 (species record created: 2008 May 17 04:06)|