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  • Zaireichthys dorae
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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.
Synonym(s) Leptoglanis dorae
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. 
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Size 27mm 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.
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Distribution Africa: Rio Luachimo in Congo River basin.
African Waters, Congo, Lower Congo, Kasai, Luachimo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
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Furniture Occurs over fine sand, lying buried with only its eyes protruding, therefore a sand substrate would be required.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Publicações Culturais, Companhia de Diamantes de Angola (DIAMANG), Lisboa No. 75, pp 211, Fig. 95.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 28 15:14 (species record created: 2010 Jan 27 16:12)