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Scientific Name Irvineia voltae  Trewavas, 1943
Common Name
Type Locality Above the Senchi Rapids, Volta River, Ghana.
Etymology Referring to the type locality of the species, the Volta River.
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Size 178mm or 7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Characterized by a dorsal rayed fin with a spine and 6 rays, adipose fin present, pectoral fin with a spine, four pairs of barbels, pointed mouth laterally and wide dorsally.

Preserved specimens exhibit flanks and belly pale and silvery, head and back darker, pectoral, dorsal and caudal fins faintly speckled or dusky, anal and pelvic fins clear.
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Distribution Africa: Endemic to the River Volta (lower course).
IUCN Red List Category Endangered, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2006.
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Feeding Like many other African schilbeids of similar size probably has a carnivorous diet.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London Series B v. 113 (pt 3), pp 165, Fig. 1.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 27 03:57 (species record created: 2014 Feb 23 20:35)