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Scientific Name Zaireichthys heterurus  Roberts, 2003
Common Name
Type Locality River Avokoko, affluent rive droit fleuve Congo, kilometer 21 route Kisangani-Wanie Rukula, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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. From the Greek heteros meaning different and oura meaning tail.
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Size 35mm or 1.4" 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.

Color pattern spotted with a broad dark collar emediately behind the head. Caudal fin deeply forked, upper lobe much shorter and smaller and falcate, lower lobe rounded; fin rays in lower lobe noticeably thicker than those in upper lobe.
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Distribution Africa: Congo Dem Rep.
IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
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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 in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences v. 54 (no. 5), pp 96, Fig. 14.
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