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Scientific Name Zaireichthys zonatus  Roberts, 1968
Common Name
Type Locality Side channel of the lower rapids of the Congo River, below Stanley Pool, Kinshasa [Leopoldville], 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. 
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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.
General Remarks Collected on the edge of a sandy area.
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Distribution Africa: only known by the type specimens from Malebo Pool.
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 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 Ichthyologica, the Aquarium Journal v. 39 (nos. 3-4), pp 124, Figs. 3-4.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 26 06:41 (species record created: 2011 Sep 23 20:27)