|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Zaireichthys dorae (Poll, 1967)|
|Common Name||Chobe Sand Catlet|
|Type Locality||Rapids of Luachimo River, in a small pool of residual water drying downstream from dam, Angola.|
|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||28mm or 1.1" 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, only 6 rays in the anal fin,caudal fin weakly indented. Irregular spots on a beige background creates a semi-marbled look. faint transverse bands on the pectoral and caudal fins.
|Distribution||Africa: known only from the Rio Luachimo (Kasai drainage, middle Congo River basin), Angola.
African Waters, Congo, Lower Congo, Kasai, Luachimo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Data Deficient|
|Furniture||Occurs over fine sand, lying buried with only its eyes protruding, therefore a sand substrate would be required.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Publicações. Culturais da Companhia de Diamantes Angola No. 75. Smithiana, Publications in Aquatic Biodiversity, Bulletin No. 13 Seegers [L.] 2008:pg.180, [The Catfishes of Africa.|
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|Last Update||2011 Oct 19 03:36 (species record created: 2010 Jan 27 16:12)|