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Scientific Name Zaireichthys kunenensis  Eccles, Tweddle & Skelton, 2011
Common Name
Type Locality Kunene River, one mile east of Epupa Falls, 16°59'S, 13°16'E, Angola/Namibia border, southern Africa.
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. The specific name refers to the river system (Kunene also known as Cunene) in which the types were collected.
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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.

Fron the original description, Generally similar to most other species of the genus, pale with dark brown blotches. Ground colour of preserved specimens yellowish, head marbled, a series of dark patches along the dorsal surface, the most prominent below the base of the dorsal. A series of about 11 small dark spots midlaterally and a third series of about seven spots ventro-laterally from the base of the pelvic fins to the caudal peduncle. Dorsal fin greyish, with a darker spot at the end of the spine. Caudal with broad dark bar basally and a dark crescentic mark about mid length. Pectoral fins often with greyish shading distally. Barbels often greyish.
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Distribution Kunene River (Cunene River), Angola/Namibia border, southern Africa.
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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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References Smithiana, Publications in Aquatic Biodiversity, Bulletin No. 13.
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Last Update 2013 Feb 23 20:05 (species record created: 2011 Sep 23 20:18)