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  • Zaireichthys wamiensis
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Scientific Name Zaireichthys wamiensis  (Seegers, 1989)
Common Name
Type Locality Kisangata Creek, tributary of the Wami River at Mvumi, 32 kilometers southwest of Kidete on the Kimamba-Kilosa road, Morogoro, Tanzania.
Pronunciation za eer ICK thiss - wam ee EN siss
Etymology Zaireichthys: From the Zaire river and the Greek ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the type of the genus and its collection locality. 
Down arrow Species Information
Size 25mm or 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.
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Distribution Africa: Tanzania.
African Waters, Tanzania Waters, Wami (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Vulnerable, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2006.
Temperature 23.0-26.0°C or 73.4-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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Furniture In nature the majority of species are found over or in sand in flowing rivers. There is one known lake dwelling species from Lake Malawi which is also found over sand and living in snail shells.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Die Aquarien- und Terrarienzeitschrift (DATZ) v. 42 (no. 5), pp 285, Fig.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 19 02:16 (species record created: 2006 Dec 24 09:50)