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  • Zaireichthys wamiensis
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Scientific NameZaireichthys wamiensis  Seegers, 1989
Common Name
Type LocalityKisangata Cr., trib. of the Wami R. at Mvumi, 32 km southwest of Kidete on the Kimamba-Kilosa road
Pronunciationza eer ICK thiss - wam ee EN siss
EtymologyZaireichthys: 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 80mm or 3.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe 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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DistributionAfrica: Wami Drainage
African Waters, Tanzania Waters, Wami (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusVulnerable
Temperature23.0-26.0°C or 73.4-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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FurnitureIn 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.
Jump to next section Further Information
ReferencesAquar. Terrar. Z. v. 42 (no. 5) 285 Fig.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2011 Sep 22 11:55 (species record created: 2006 Dec 24 09:50)